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Sorry haters, but Kyle Busch could very well win this championship

By admin | September 30, 2013

 Might younger brother Kyle become the second member of the Busch family to win a Sprint Cup title?

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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6 Responses to “Sorry haters, but Kyle Busch could very well win this championship”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I think the most unglamorous answer is that Kyle’s become a grown up.

    During this weeks post-race interview he said it best. “We had a 5th to 10th place car and we got a 5th out of it.”

    In years past he’d crash trying to get a win out of the same car.

  2. Offkilter Says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Ha. Brace for kyle busch to be a champion? How about i just keep giving him the middle finger? When/if he figures out how to be a champion with the big boys, i will then give him two middle fingers.

  3. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    As much as I’d love to gallup on Rowdy, but, I find JJ and Meltdown getting in the same sentence this year.

  4. Anne Says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    His immaturity is his biggest impediment, I am not sure it’s gone. He rubs alot of people the wrong way, him and his brother, including me. I don’t deny talent but I sure don’t like him, he lacks character imo and when people get tough on him, some throw his wife into the picture as she has “changed” him, must be the memo his wife sent out to all (sarcasm). Really silly stuff…both attention hounds..Mr. and Mrs.

  5. Greg Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I wish that Kyle would win the 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP , anybody but Jimmy.

    Matt has 2 chase wins ( bit of a ripple ) Jimmy has 1 and its ALL OVER its 6 TIME for him and Chad , um gee is there not a few races left and Matts in the points lead.

  6. Steve Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Kyle hasn’t had a bad race in the Chase. Lets see how he handles that and if he can make something out of it or have a complete meltdown. 10th to 5th is one thing but 25th to 10th is another.

    I still expect a meltdown at some point and he will finish at least 3rd this season. Jimmie and Kenseth will both finish ahead of him.

    Not to get off topic, but with all this talk of Jimmie’s championships and being the favorite, people seem to forget that Kenseth is a former series championship and he already has more wins in the Chase alone than he did his entire championship season. Don’t count him out. He know how to get it done.