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Scottish Born, NASCAR Bred writes:
"Braun, Stenhouse Jr... they got me thinking..."
Posted by Kirkyal on May 26, 2010
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The other day i was reading through as many NASCAR related stats and comments as i could (which is a rather common event) and i came across Roush-Fenway Racing's Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

So what was it about these two young racers that got me thinking? Was it there early struggles this season? Was it the amount of equipment that they have both wrecked this season? Was it the fact that Braun finishes 10th at Dover and then loses his seat to another young gun Ickler for Charlotte? No it was none of these. What got me thinking was how the fans react to these young racers...

It seems to me that 'we' fans give the likes of Braun and Stenhouse, Jr. half a season and if they haven't won like Kyle Busch then they should probably give up their seat. What i find really interesting, from what i have read, 'we' fans have given up on both Braun and Stenhouse already (although most fans would rather see Braun racing than Stenhouse).

Now i undertand that neither of these two racers have achieved anything spectacular but Stenhouse has only 18 Nationwide races under his belt in total, while Braun has 16 over 4 years. Yes Braun has 2 full years of Truck racing with only 1 win but is this enough to give up on them. When Kelly Bires lost his ride at JR Motorsports there was outrage that yet another young racer had lost his seat to a 'Buschwhacker' (that being the awesome Jamie McMurray) but Bires hasn't a great record in the Nationwide series.

The point i am getting at is some drivers build up support and when they lose their seat some fans cannot believe it and blame teams and their owners for screwing a young racers career (take Casey Atwood for example) while other drivers who are the same age, have the same experience and race for similarly large organizations are given 10 races before they are ousted by the fans...

All i wonder is how long will we give Brian Ickler and James Buescher and Trevor Bayne and...


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