|Dale Earnhardt (Photo courtesy ESPN.com)|
|Kyle Busch with wife Samantha on the grid at Daytona (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
His off-track personality has not been much better. The sometimes-immature Busch ran into some trouble last season, when he was cited for going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. This mistake led to a $1,000 fine and a loss of his license for 45 days.
Although he has had many mistakes along the way, many people forget that Busch is only 26 years old. He began racing in the Truck Series in 2001, at the age of 16. Busch is still maturing, and his driving seems to be getting better with age. If he can keep his temper under control, he should become one of the best drivers to ever strap into a NASCAR stock car.
Dale Earnhardt was a hero to many race fans, and he left a hole in the sport that has yet to be filled. Maybe Busch can fill the hole that was left in the sport when Earnhardt died. Many hate to hear Busch be compared to Earnhardt, but even fellow Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip is making the comparison when talking about Busch's Budweiser Shootout saves. I believe that, in time, Kyle Busch will become as good, if not greater, than Dale Earnhardt was.