Kyle Busch: Age alone should not dictate a driver's readiness

Updated: January 29, 2008, 8:20 PM ET

Busch: Age Not Everything

LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Busch says there is no reason for NASCAR to consider adopting a rule that would require drivers to be 21 before entering the Sprint Cup series.

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"Right now, NASCAR has their own discretion on whether they can let you run or not," Busch said on Tuesday during a break in testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "What I mean by that is they can approve anybody they want to or they can disapprove anybody they want to run anywhere.

"You're always under a watchful eye. There are some guys racing in the [Nationwide] Series this year that aren't necessarily cleared to race until they go through some ARCA races. That's why a lot of people run ARCA in Talladega and Daytona, to get their approval process."

Busch said the governing body needs to maintain its approval process instead of mandating a minimum age limit that would keep stars such as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano, 17, out of the top series.

"You've got a 17-year-old kid who is the best talent that we've ... seen," he said. "Not just Joe Gibbs Racing, but NASCAR."

Logano is scheduled to begin the Nationwide Series at Dover in June, a week after he turns 18. He is being groomed to run a fourth JGR Cup car as early as 2009.

"You can get him into a [Nationwide] Series car this year," Busch said. "He wins a few races this year. You get him into the [Nationwide] Series next year; he dominates and wins the championship. The following year he wins the championship again.

"You're going to make him run again because he's not yet 21? That's stupid. Put him in a Cup car. He's got the ability to do it. It's just about NASCAR going through the approval."

Busch, 22, understands. He was 16 when NASCAR adopted 18 as the minimum age in 2002.

He also understands that NASCAR would like to keep young stars in the Nationwide Series to help sagging ratings and give those drivers a chance to prepare for the pressures of the Sprint Cup Series.

Again, he doesn't agree, and neither does JGR president J.D. Gibbs, who has voiced his opinion to NASCAR.

"If they think a person isn't qualified to race in the Cup Series, they can hold them back," Busch said. "I think a lot of this might have to do with just the off-the-track stuff. ... I don't know if I brought it on, which is going to be the Kyle Busch Rule again for others.

"I don't know if that's the reasoning or what it is. I'd say there's a better way to go about it than just requiring somebody to be a certain age."

David Newton covers NASCAR for He can be reached at


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Trading Places

Patrick Carpentier


Kasey Kahne and Patrick Carpentier, new teammates at Gillett Evernham Motorsports, traded cars during Tuesday's morning session.

Carpentier hopes the experience will help him get a better feel for how another car feels so he'll have a better idea of what to ask for as far as setups. It also gave Kahne a chance to tell Carpentier what might help the handling of his car.

Teammate Elliott Sadler was not involved in the exchange.

"Elliott is too tall to get in my car, but he's helping any way he can," Carpentier said.

Speaking Of Carpentier ...

Carpentier will keep his home in Las Vegas instead of moving to the Charlotte, N.C., area like many drivers.

"This year, I'm not moving," he said. "We love Vegas. Been here since '99. My daughter, my son were born here. They've got a lot of friends here.

"There's direct flights from basically everywhere in the States back to Vegas, so for this year we're going to stay."

What Are The Odds?

NASCAR is in Vegas, so nobody was surprised that rookies Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. were among those who brushed the wall during testing.