By admin | September 30, 2013
By Richard Allen
One thing that those who dislike Kyle Busch could always count on was that the object of their scorn would falter down the stretch of every NASCAR season. After all, the frequently booed driver’s best finish in the Chase for the Sprint Cup has been a 5th in 2007, with every other result being an 8th or worse in the final standings.
More than that, Busch has never won a Chase race as a member of the Chase field. All of this despite the fact that the Las Vegas native has piled up 28 Sprint Cup wins over the course of a relatively short career.
But things seem to have changed this year. The driver notorious for failing at Chase time isn’t failing. On the strength of three consecutive top-5 finishes, Busch is currently 3rd in the standings. Currently, he sits just 12 points behind leader and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.
So what has changed? Why isn’t Busch fading away?
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Perhaps missing the Chase in 2012 gave this driver and team a new sense of focus and determination. Maybe the realization set in that simply making the Chase isn’t good enough and that they must carry momentum into the playoff in order to experience the success all teams desire.
Perhaps Busch and his #18 JGR crew realized last year that they can indeed contend late in the season. After missing out on the playoff last year, Busch reeled off eight top-10 results over the final ten races. This, no doubt showed them that good finishes can be achieved in the final stages of the campaign.
Perhaps JGR’s addition of the steady Kenseth has provided an example to follow and has helped settle the sometimes volatile driver.
Whatever the case, Busch is a solid contender within the Chase portion of the season. That is somewhat of an unusual occurrence at this stage.
So brace yourselves haters. Kyle Busch could very well win the Sprint Cup title in 2013.
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