Kevin don't get my post wrong; if it came across that I am not a NASCAR fan, nor appreciative of the role that Kyle plays, then I did not express the point fully. I'm a NASCAR fan and watch every week when my schedule allows.
My point was a simple shot at trying to figure out why the stands were not full like olden days. It was a momentary connection to a possible reason that I voiced out loud because I thought it an odd dynamic. Perhaps I should keep these things to myself, but I figure it is fun sometimes to find some interesting ideas to explore around here without inciting the NASCRAP thread.
While I might not personally care for how Kyle behaves, it does not dissuade me from liking the sport. We agree that sports need black hats, and besides Kyle, perhaps only Stenhouse is the only other person right now in Stepford NASCAR.
Kyle is amazing. His car control is astonishing and no doubt he has talent. I don't know that he would be the first person in the garage I would want to have a beer with if the opportunity arose, but I would guess that on a one on one basis he is probably likable if not for the reason that we would have racing interest in common.
I can appreciate what he is doing and how impressive it is but I would still prefer others to win and perhaps the mainstream world would embrace that too.
I'm glad for him, and his race team, and that he is winning fans with his antics, and I'm especially glad for M&M Mars - as they have been a supporter of the sport for a long time. I guess you have to love a winner, no matter whether it is true that some consider him a jerk sometimes.