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Once again, Hendrick raises bar in NASCAR
|Speed Mail Steve|
Hendrick won't stifle a driver's individuality or aggressiveness. The owner will draw the line when it comes to representing a sponsor and the organization well. The National Football League has been cracking down on players that run afoul of the law because they're not just representing their teams; they're representing the league. Just like the NFL, Hendrick Motorsports wants people that conduct themselves with class. I'm not saying that Kyle Busch hasn't conducted himself with class, but he's an aggressive and outspoken guy. Busch has as much talent as anybody in the garage area, and the way he can drive loose race cars har reminds me a little bit of Greg Biffle. He's just got so much talent and ability. Let's look at another 22-year-old athlete, LeBron James. Did he have a great NBA Finals? No. He had turnovers and missed a lot of shots, but he's got confidence. As you get a little bit older, you realize certain things and ask yourself if a hill is worth dying for. Confidence is one thing, but you've got to look at the bigger picture. Kevin Harvick was a lot like Busch. He was a great, young driver that was aggressive and fearless. On SPEED's Trackside at Pocono, he admitted that he let his competitive spirit get the best of him at times, and NASCAR let him know by parking him for a Cup race in 2002 at Martinsville after an on-track altercation in a Craftsman Truck race. Busch has to learn how to look at the big picture a little bit more. He's got as much talent as anybody out there, but the old saying in NASCAR is to finish first, you must first finish. Busch is going to have to learn how to back down his enthusiasm just a little bit.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.