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Published on August 5th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith


Kyle Busch's Stripe

Three races ago, Kyle Busch won the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. In the two races since, he has posted finishes of 15th and 36th. While that normally isn’t a cause for concern for most teams, when a driver who’s won seven races this season and has been dominant almost everywhere experiences finishes like these, it would seem something is amiss.

What is it, you ask? I’ll tell you… It’s the goatee.

A quick internet search reveals that the type of goatee Busch is sporting these days is the Stripe. And, it’s the cause of his recent slide, if you want to call it that.

How can facial hair possible affect his ability to drive? During the race, the inside of the race car can reach upwards of 100 degrees. And, even though there are blowers that keep the drivers cool, and cool air is pumped into their helmets, they still sweat.

A cleanly shaven chin allows the sweat to roll down onto the neck. The goatee, however, does not. It catches all of that sweat, causing iching and irritation. This distracts the driver, making him lose concentration. Kyle Busch fell victim to this phenomenom at Pocono.

And there you have it. If Busch shaves, he’ll make it back to victory lane.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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