The five most polarizing drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Love them or hate them, these five drivers are the most polarizing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Think you can guess them all?
A three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart is an old-school racer that rarely backs down from fellow competitors, the media and even fans. His on-track success and skill has garnered a legion of fans, but his off-track controversies and hot temper have also caused others to root against him.
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Danica Patrick is a sponsor's dream, attracting a very diverse crowd of fans that include men, women and children of all ages. She's a role model for young women interested in racing, and very marketable. However, others argue her on-track performance does not justify her spot in NASCAR's top division.
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The 2015 Sprint Cup champion had an incredible comeback last season, but 'Rowdy' has been polarizing fans ever since he joined NASCAR. His hard racing and controversial comments lead many to root against him, but his winning ways have also won over many fans.
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Much like his younger brother, Kyle, fans have a love-hate relationship with Kurt Busch. The 2004 champion does many charitable things for veterans, however he has been mired in controversies on and off the track throughout his career.
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The driver once nicknamed 'Sliced Bread' often raced with a chip on his shoulder early in his career, something that has put him in conflict with many veteran drivers including Stewart, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin. His hard racing and winning ways won over many fans, but his heated rivalry with Matt Kenseth during the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup caused many in the grandstands to cheer against the Team Penske driver.