LAS VEGAS – When hometown driver Kyle Busch comes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he doesn't necessarily feel the love.
Busch gets more boos than cheers on a weekly basis during pre-race driver introductions – and that won't change on Sunday.
So what gives?
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has a couple theories.
First, most of the people who attend the Las Vegas race aren't locals.
"There are a lot of out-of-towners who do come here," he said Friday. "It's not 100,000 people from Las Vegas sitting in these grandstands – I'd bet you it's only 20 or 30 (thousand)."
And as for the fans who live in town? Busch acknowledged he "didn't make very many friends" when he raced as a kid.
"When I was coming up through the ranks, I won a lot – and probably won too much," he said. "I'm not so sure I don't have many pulling for me anyway, because I kicked their butts too much."
Busch and his older brother, Kurt, aren't the only Las Vegas natives racing this weekend; the Nationwide Series now has two regulars who grew up in the area.
Brendan Gaughan, who drives for Richard Childress Racing, is the son of South Point casino owner Michael Gaughan. And then there's rookie Dylan Kwasniewski, who has never raced at the 1.5-mile track except for laps in a Richard Petty Driving Experience car.
"Hopefully, we won't suck in front of my hometown," Kwasniewski said.
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