NASCAR has its its share of 'bad boys'
Published 7:14 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Every sport has its share of "bad boys" and NASCAR is no exception.
It just seems when one of NASCAR's bad boys gets in trouble people talk about it like it doesn't happen in other sports, and it does.
Ice hockey has so many bad boys. Have you ever heard someone say, "I went to the fights last night and a hockey game broke out?"
And in baseball you may hear something like, "There's a brawl on the field and the benches on both sides have spilled onto the field."
There will always be a bad boy in NASCAR, but this year seems to have a larger crop than in the past.
When I started looking into whom race fans think the most recent bad boys are, a few names popped up that surprised me.
Who would have thought that Kasey Kahne's name would be there?
It refers back to an incident at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne allegedly had a confrontation with a security guard at the race track and the driver supposedly pushed the guard to the ground.
I don't see how that makes him a bad boy, but he did make the list.
Then there are the drivers who don't seem to play well with others.
The first name that comes to mind and made fans' list is Brad Keselowski.
Is it always his fault? I don't think so, but the rookie driver has already made some enemies.
It got a little physical between Edwards and Harvick last season and things like that can certainly hurt Carl's clean cut, poster boy image.
Tony Stewart is slowly losing his bad boy image. It seems since he became a team owner his attitude is different and he's calmer.
What does surprise me is Jeff Gordon did, too.
If you look at a list of former bad boys, you would find some famous names such as Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmy Spencer, Donnie Allison, Richard Petty, Geoff Bodine and A.J. Foyt to name a few.
And last, but not least, and one of my favorite bad boys of all time, is the late, great Dale Earnhardt.
If you're looking for any more bad boys to emerge this year, make sure you watch Talladega next week. That seems to be where the race car drivers' true colors come out.
The Sprint Cup guys are in Texas on Sunday.