Sunday, August 10, 2008

Reports Of Kyle Busch's Pre-Chase Demise Greatly Exaggerated

The NASCAR media's toughness with Kyle Busch knows no bounds. After his 7th win in Chicagoland, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards responded with wins at Indy and Pocono. All of a sudden, it's like Busch hasn't been the dominant driver of the 2008 season. Experimental setups and unfortunate strategy breaks aside, Busch runs as well as anyone at any track, at any time. This proved true again today at Watkins Glen, where Busch led over half the race to sweep the Sprint Cup road courses for the year and also record a NASCAR record, winning on 3 different road courses in the same year. With the disappearance of Mexico City from the Nationwide schedule, it likely won't happen again for a while, if ever.

Busch won today in much the same way he did at Infineon, using strategy to work his way near the front and once he took the lead, he didn't give it back. Gibbs teammate Tony Stewart ran behind him the last third of the race, but couldn't touch him, and neither could anyone else. A red flag for a massive crash in turn 11 and other cautions couldn't stop Busch from reaching victory lane for the 8th time this year, and his 12th in his young career. The rest of the year shapes up favorably as well, Busch has won at many of the tracks coming later in the year and it's not of the question to see him get close to or break the 13-race win record shared by Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon.

1 comment:

Kahne Kutie said...

I agree with you. Sometimes I don't agree with Kyle and what he does on the racetrack but I do respect him because he does have talent. Dale Jr. fans need to realize that and I think some of them are starting to.