NASCAR has brotherly love-hate for Kyle, Kurt Busch

The Busch Brothers are NASCAR's guilty pleasure.

Fans of all shapes and sizes embrace them with a passionate fist bump. Or they want to turn that fist into a sucker punch, connecting square on the noggin.

They have that effect on people.

Kyle "Rowdy" Busch and Kurt "Outlaw" Busch are among the most talented drivers on the NASCAR circuit, and have the victories and championships to prove it.

Kurt won the Cup title in 2004. Kyle won the Nationwide Series in 2009 and has 26 Cup victories.

And if not for some pit-road issues on the last segment of the all-star race this past weekend, either Kurt or Kyle could have won the thing.

But it's the other stuff that makes them equally exciting.

Kurt has been on constant probation it seems, which is why he's driving for Furniture Row Racing this season. He's been deemed too toxic for one of the established super teams.

Kyle is doing fine with Joe Gibbs Racing, but he's currently in the middle of one of the most entertaining skirmishes on the track, this one involving Kasey Kahne. Busch has wrecked Kahne three times this year.

"They're both frustrated," said Jimmie Johnson, Kahne's teammate with Hendrick Motorsports."Kasey has come out on the losing end of it three times and is more frustrated than Kyle. But it's not like Kyle has an issue with him. There has just been stuff. And we've all been through it. I've had it with Kurt. I've had it with Sterling Marlin in like '03 or '04. And it's really no fun when it happens and you kind of have a magnet for whatever car it is and it goes on and on."

Magnet is a good word for the Busch Brothers. They attract all sorts of attention — the good, the bad and the ugly.

"I think that's insignificant because I'm not racing to wreck Kasey Kahne," Kyle said after the third incident, "but Kasey Kahne did crash because of me so it's a part of hard racing at the end of the race, and I hate that it keeps being the same guy, but if it were a Matt Kenseth on a Tony Stewart we probably wouldn't see a story."

Perhaps he is right. The ornery reputations of the Busch Brothers are like their wing man on every lap. Always along for the ride. Will Kahne and Rowdy mix it up again this weekend in Charlotte?

"The way I've been able to break the cycle is you just consciously have to get away," Johnson said. "After one wreck and it wasn't on purpose, you're like OK, 'No big deal.' Second one happens and you're like, 'Oh man, really honestly, I really didn't mean to do it.' And then if it goes to a third time, you're like. 'OK. If I see you coming, I'm getting the hell out of the way. You go by and I'll go over here.' And you just have to try to make it stop that way."

Read George Diaz's blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/enfuego or e-mail him at gdiaz@orlandosentinel.com

Hall of Fame

NASCAR's 2014 Hall of Fame election process will be an interactive process. Well sort, of.

NASCAR has signed off on allowing live-tweeting highlights from the Hall of Fame selection committee meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Fans can follow @NASCAR for live updates. Twitter users can interact by using the #NASCARHOF hashtag.

There are 25 nominees on the ballot, including Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Dale Jarrett, Fireball Roberts and Wendell Scott, who was the first African-American NASCAR Cup Series race winner.

"We pride ourselves on how accessible we are," NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer Brett Jewkes told ESPN. "But we will not taint the process. This is to give the fans a flavor for what's happening. We won't post anything about any individual debate or positions. That's sacred ground."

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