Kyle Busch on top 50 dirtiest players list

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch has joined a dubious list of professional athletes after being named as one of the top 50 dirtiest players of all time in any sport.

The list, compiled by Complex Media, takes into account the number of penalties and seriousness of the offences.

The No. 1 public enemy in sports according to CM is — drum roll please — hockey player Marty McSorley for his 3,381 NHL penalty minutes and for his vicious hit on Donald Brashear back in 2000.

Busch, by comparison, is a relative angel coming in at No. 38 on the list. The only other NASCAR driver to make the list — Carl Edwards — is at No. 48.

To put it all in context, however, ear-biting convicted rapist Mike Tyson was only No. 40 on the list.

TESTING, TESTING

Canada’s Steve Arpin took to the 2.5-mile newly paved Daytona International Speedway this past week in a Hoosier tire test for ARCA series team Venturini Motorsports.

Arpin, of Fort Frances, Ont., will be back behind the wheel of a Venturini stock car on Feb. 12 for the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 that will kick off Speedweeks at the storied Florida oval.

“I’ve been pumped just to be here,” Arpin said. “We were talking on the radio that it’s cool to be sitting here and it’s almost Christmas and we’re cruising around Daytona on a perfect afternoon.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“They can’t say: ‘We’ll give you three more years’ and then at the end of the season say: ‘Just kidding.’ ” — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed after filing a lawsuit against Red Bull for firing him at end of 2010 season.

Finish lines

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dean.mcnulty@sunmedia.ca


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