By admin | October 12, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
The Chase for the Championship is certainly not going the way he would like but none the less Kyle Busch is proving that he may indeed be the most talented driver to come along in NASCAR in a long time.
His win in the Nationwide Series race on Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway was the 20th win of his 2008 season in NASCAR’s top three divisions. So far, he has compiled 8 Sprint Cup wins, 9 Nationwide Series wins and 3 Crafstman Truck Series wins. To put that in perspective, 26 out of 43 drivers who started the Bank of America 500 have not won 20 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions over the course of their entire careers.
I know many will say it is because of his equipment that Busch is winning so many races. No doubt, the Gibbs team is providing him with the best money can buy. However, with 20 wins in one year even the most avid Busch hater would have to admit that the driver has had something to do with it.
To prove that his abilities have at least played some role in his season, just look at his teammates. No one would argue that Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin are top drivers. The two of them have only won 2 races between them this year in Cup.
To add to the argument in Busch’s favor look at how well the other cars he drives do when he is not driving them. The JGR Nationwide teams were thought to be well ahead of everyone else in the first part of the year. But, Joey Logano has not caused any jaws to drop since his early win. It should be mentioned that the #20 Nationwide car has won numerous races with Stewart and Hamlin driving it.
The #51 CTS entry has not won without Busch behind the wheel this year.
Late in the Nationwide race in Charlotte, Jeff Burton had new tires and appeared to have a shot at catching Busch. With 10 laps to go and on old tires Busch ran a lap that would have qualified him on the outside of the front row had he run that lap in qualifying.
Like him or not, and I realize most do not, Kyle Busch is just that good.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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