Ryan Blaney Explains Why Kyle Busch Is “One of the Best” Racers He Has Ever Seen

Published 11/16/2020, 11:00 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch speaks with the media during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It might not have been the most fruitful season for Ryan Blaney in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Nevertheless, he continues to grow and learn with each passing year in the sport. Maybe that is the reason why he rates Kyle Busch as one of the best drivers out there.

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Perhaps going into 2021, Busch’s racecraft and driving ability is something Blaney might want to observe and pick up on.

He stated, “Kyle Busch is a really good — one of the best race car drivers I think ever that I’ve ever seen. What he can do with the race car, how he describes his car, is really, really unique. So I’d like to steal some of his driving talent.”

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Ryan Blaney has admired Kyle Busch for a few years now

Team Penske’s No.12 has not become a recent fan of Busch. Blaney has cited the two-time champion’s car management in many interviews in the past, whenever the subject has come up.

Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) leads Joey Logano (22) and Ryan Blaney (12) and Brad Keselowski (2) during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Indeed, many drivers would like to be at the level and consistency of where the Joe Gibbs Racing man is currently at. Even in a poor 2020 season that saw him eliminated in the Round of 12, Busch still managed an overall tally of 13 Top 5 finishes.

Busch also earns appreciation for his incredible overtaking ability and tire management as well. He has achieved some famous wins, despite not necessarily starting in front of the grid.

Busch and Blaney will both give it their all in the 2021 season

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From the Joe Gibbs No.18’s perspective, 2020 represented a serious where it was a poor set of results in the knockouts phase. Needing strong points finishes, Busch just did not make it count when it was needed the most in both Talladega and Charlotte.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota poses with the trophy after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead Speedway on November in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

For Ryan Blaney, it was a season that started off with a great Daytona 500, which he only just missed out on. But having qualified for the playoffs, he too fell way short and faced an early elimination in the Round of 16 itself.

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Both drivers will hence, go into the new season with hopes of starting afresh with better cars. And Blaney will believe that he would have learned something from Busch, which takes him further ahead of his closest rivals.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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