There are many words that can be used to describe Kyle Busch. Most can’t be published on this site, and we publish all sorts of crazy @#%. But regardless of what you think of Kurt’s little brother, one thing is clear. He generates interest. Enough to be our No. 11 top story of 2009.

What happened?
What didn’t happen? In the Nationwide Series, he won the points title, winning nine races during the season. One of those wins was in Nashville, where he took a Les Paul guitar and went Pete Townshend on it.
On the drama front, Busch was pouty, no more so than with his good buddy Brian Vickers. The two got awfully close at a race in Michigan.

Afterward, the Busch and Vickers were paired up in the post-race press conference. Larry David couldn’t be more awkwardly funny.

The biggest development took place in the Sprint Cup Series, where Busch didn’t make the Chase even though he tied for most wins during the first 26 races.

Where are we now?

After finishing 16th in the middle third of the season, Busch rebounded during the final 12 races of the season, scoring the seventh-most points, best of all drivers who didn’t make the Chase. With a new crew chief, support from Joe Gibbs racing and great skills, there’s no reason to think he won’t be contending for a title instead of hosting a wrestling show where he mistook Jimmie Johnson for Kofi Kingston. Oops.

Why should you care?

Kyle Busch is the most polarizing driver in the sport. Some love. Some hate. All have an opinion. And unlike Dale Earnhardt Jr., Busch delivers on the track.  Pro wrestling is best when there is a bad guy people want to seen beat up and a good guy to get the job done. Kyle Busch is both – Ric Flair with more sponsors. Now let’s work on those promo skills, Kyle.

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