By admin | January 5, 2010
By Richard Allen
So far in these potential NASCAR stories pieces I have predicted Tony Stewart to win the Daytona 500, Jimmie Johnson to win another Sprint Cup title and for the Brian France vs. Jeremy Mayfield situation to continue to create headlines.
As for today’s piece I am going to predict that Kyle Busch will return to his winning ways in 2010 and collect more trophies than anyone else.
It’s not like Busch had a disastrous season in 2009. After all, he won four races. But that was on the heels of a year in which he had won eight times, so half as many victories may have seemed a bit of a let down.
Not only did Busch fail to win as often in ‘09 as he did in 2008 but he also missed out on the Chase for the Championship. As a result, crew chief Steve Addington was replaced by Dave Rogers with three races remaining in the 2009. While none of those three races resulted in wins, there was time for the driver and crew chief to establish a line of communication.
Sometimes change for the sake of change can be a good thing. In the instance of a personality like the younger Busch brother, that just might be the case. Rogers has a proven record as a Nationwide Series pit boss and the change of scenery might just light a new fire under Busch, as if he really needs one.
I believe that over the course of the 2010 season Kyle Busch will visit victory lane at least six times or more. Thus, he will win more races than anyone else.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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