his driving style has changed from his early years. Even though the stooges on TV never talk about that. because that doesn't stir controversy. He used to be kinda like JPM on not letting you pass. Which got him wrecked by drivers back then. He still doesn't just pull over if the cars are close to equal but he doesn't block (sometimes I wish he would, would have helped him at Pocono) he just runs his line & forces you to pass him. (joey doesn't seem to know how to do this)
Now as far as his team. it absolutely sucks for a team that is funded.
All in all he races more intelligent than his early years & not like a dick like a lot of drivers do in their early years. he knows how to drive an ill handling car to the edge without putting it in the wall, unlike the Busch brothers (although kyle has gotten better of not ruining his car) however with perception being as what it is. the TV stooges glorify when the Busch brothers overdrive the car & wreck it. Acting like that should be admired as wanting to win so badly. When in reality the great drivers don't drive over the edge. Now I hate to use this example with a certain poster lurking
but you don't see Jimmie Johnson wrecking his race car when it isn't handling right. he does what quality driving dictates. he gets what he can out of it & waits til the team fixes the handling. Well Ryan does the same except his team usually doesn't get the car right or when they do it is way late in a race. Over trying isn't a good quality in a driver to me. both Kurt & Kyle in the past could have had a couple more wins & definitely a lot more top 5's if they had a lil more patience.
Bottomline Ryans driving style has changed some, but I don't think it is for the worse. Even though the TV stooges always try & point at his early driving (as if that is how he drives now) when they want to stir the pot.
Now with all that said. I do think he is racing stressed this year. He shouldn't have wrecked Gilliland this year & he did. I do think he is getting a bit ornery at times this year. Kasey roughed him up earlier this year trying to get around him & Ryan was pi$$ed. (I listen to his radio) & he didn't wreck Kasey but started ramming him in the rear to let him know he wasn't happy. However all that did was mess up ryans nose & he was extremely tight the rest of the way because of his own actions. So he is showing this year he is tired of being ran into, & I wish he could control that temper for after the race. but you can tell things are getting to him more this year than in years past. As a wheel man he is one of the best in my eyes. but now I hope the change in team will get his mind right. (& be on a decent team would help tons)