One of NASCAR’s most polarizing (and by that I mean most hated) drivers is headed to the big screen.
“Rowdy,” a documentary profiling 2-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, will debut in Nashville on June 23 ahead of the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway a few days later. The movie will then be screened for one night only in US theaters nationwide on June 29.
The film will be distributed by Utopia, in partnership with Fathom Events.
NASCAR Managing Director of Entertainment Development and Content Matt Summers spoke about the documentary in a press release:
“Kyle Busch is a world-class competitor and for nearly two decades has shined as one of the biggest stars in NASCAR. We’re thrilled to partner with Chance Wright, Utopia and Fathom in bringing Kyle’s story to life for all race fans to enjoy.”
It’s no secret that Kyle Busch is one of the more…well, let’s just say Kyle has drawn his fair share of criticism over the years.
He’s no doubt one of the most talented NASCAR drivers, maybe of all time. He’s won 60 Cup Series races along with winning championships in 2015 and 2019. He has an incredible 346 top ten finishes in 618 starts – which means he’s finished in the top 10 in over HALF of all of the Cup Series races that he’s run.
His 2015 championship came after Busch suffered a compound fracture in his right leg during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona, causing him to have to miss 11 races at the start of the season.
He was granted a waiver by NASCAR that allowed him to be eligible to compete for the championship after he returned, but the rules required him to be in the top 30 in points and have a win in order to be eligible.
Miraculously, he pulled it off and got into the top 30 in points with the help of an incredible run of 4 wins in 5 races that summer, the first time that Busch had ever won 3 races in a row.
But it seems that Kyle Busch’s performance on the track is often overshadowed by his off-track antics.
In 2010, he was fined $25,000 for flipping off the officials as he sat on pit road for a speeding penalty.
In 2011, after an altercation with Kevin Harvick on the track, Harvick got out of his car on pit road to confront Kyle, and Kyle decided to drive into Harvick’s unoccupied car and sent it into the pit road wall. Both drivers were fined, but later that season Harvick’s car owner Richard Childress punched Busch in the face after he wrecked another one of Childress’ drivers during a Truck Series race.
Later that same year, Busch had an altercation in a Truck Series race with Ron Hornaday, turning Hornaday under caution and resulting in NASCAR parking him for the rest of the weekend, including the Cup Series race. Busch’s Cup Series sponsor, M&M’s, refused to sponsor him for the rest of the year.
In 2016, he was fined and put on probation for blowing off his postrace media obligations after an Xfinity Series race.
Then last year, Kyle was fined $50,000 for running over the cones entering the garage area in a heated exit from a race at Darlington. Of course Kyle would then mock NASCAR in this year’s Darlington race by parking his car in the middle of pit road after a wreck instead of entering the garage area.
So yeah, you get the picture. Kyle’s quite the character, to put it mildly.
And it’s that character that “Rowdy” director Chance Wright hopes to capture with the new documentary:
“ROWDY is an incredible comeback story of perseverance, grit, and overcoming improbable odds. Peeling back the curtain shows the truth in athleticism in NASCAR and Kyle. Hardcore fans of NASCAR will get as much out of this as the person who has never seen a race.”
Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is one of the most entertaining personalities in NASCAR right now – so this is a chance for everybody to get to know the man behind the personality a little better.
Kyle Busch Makes 85-Year Old Fan’s Bucket List Wish Come True With An Invitation To Her First Ever NASCAR Race
Ok, maybe Kyle Busch isn’t quite as bad as everybody makes him out to be.
Sure, the NASCAR Cup Series star has got a short fuse, and his blunt and outspoken nature has been known to rub people the wrong way at times.
But he just helped one 85-year old fan cross a big goal off of her bucket list.
It all started when Kim Wherley posted on Facebook to try to get an autograph from Kyle for her mother at an upcoming race. According to Kim, “GiGi” is a huge NASCAR fan. Even her grandkids know that they won’t get to watch cartoons on Sunday afternoons, because that’s when the NASCAR race is on.
Kim had gotten GiGi tickets to the Mother’s Day race at Darlington in 2020, but of course the race ended up having to be run without fans in the stands due to COVID.
So Gigi’s still never been able to see a race in person.
She’s also been facing some health issues, having been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and also recovering from a total shoulder replacement.
But Kim says that going to a NASCAR race is the only thing left on GiGi’s bucket list, and she wanted to make it happen. So Kim planned on getting her mother tickets to the race at Richmond Raceway this August, and asked for help finding a way to get an autograph from Kyle while GiGi was at the track.
Well through the power of social media, Kim’s post made it to Kyle, who asked for help tracking the daughter down so they could get Gigi to the race:
And when Kyle was finally able to connect with Kim and GiGi, he hooked them up with something a lot better than just an autograph.
Not only is GiGi going to get to go to the race at Richmond, but Kyle and Toyota hooked her up with a suite, pit passes, and she’s even going to get to meet her favorite driver before the race.
Kyle shared the video of himself breaking the news to GiGi, and you might want to get the Kleenex handy for this one:
So it looks like GiGi’s pretty excited about her Mother’s Day gift this year, and Kim’s clearly in the running for Daughter of the Year.
And that Kyle Busch? Maybe he ain’t so bad after all.