By admin | September 13, 2012
By Richard Allen
For as talented a driver as he is, Kyle Busch has never really been a serious threat to win a Sprint Cup championship. His best result ever in the final standings to date has been a 5th back in 2007. Even in 2008 when he compiled eight wins, he managed only a tenth place at the end of the season.
Perhaps Busch has abandoned his typical early season go-for-broke style and raced too tentatively during the Chase for the Championship ten race playoff over the course of his career. Or maybe points racing just isn’t this hard charger’s cup of tea.
Whatever the reason, Busch has not always been the best performer over the course of the season’s final ten events.
If it is that Busch has been too tentative or that he just doesn’t like points racing, then this year’s Chase might provide more excitement and more victories considering that the driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is not part of the playoff. After just losing out in a battle for the final wildcard spot to Jeff Gordon, he can most certainly go-for-broke without the fear of losing points in the process here in 2012.
And more, not only can Busch remove himself from this points battle during the final ten races, but he is angry coming into the Chase as well. After Saturday night’s final ‘regular season’ race in Richmond, the often volatile driver made no effort to disguise his emotion after a questionable pit strategy cost him valuable positions on the track, and ultimately, a place among those competing for the title.
While some drivers who are outside the Chase might tip-toe around the twelve contenders, Busch is not likely to be so timid. It is not hard at all to imagine Busch slamming his way past Jimmie Johnson late in the going at Martinsville or taking the air off Tony Stewart’s rear spoiler to gain a position in Charlotte.
Causing other drivers to get upset has never been a worry for the younger of the two Busch brothers. It would seem unlikely that he will start to show concern about such just because some of his competitors are going for a championship.
Yes, an angry and non-Chasing Kyle Busch could definitely make things interesting over the next ten weeks.
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