Good morning, racing campers! You’ll recall last week, this observer said that 200 wins by Kyle Busch in the combination of Cup, Xfinity and Trucks wasn’t the same as Richard Petty’s 200 Cup wins. You may also recall yours truly saying he hasn’t yet had that one dominating, signature season, a la Petty in ’67, or Jeff Gordon in ’98.
Given his performance on the West Coast swing, one can’t help but wonder if ’19 is going to be THAT season for Rowdy. Obviously, there’s a ton of season ahead. After all, you Busch fans will remember your guy tore it up in the spring and summer of 2008, before Jimmie Johnson caught fire, and Kyle Busch foundered in the Chase. Having said that, the winner of 53 Cup races is off to one heck of a start.
The 18 is a rythmic team. Over the course of Busch’s career at JGR, there have been short stretches where they’ve looked flat unbeatable. No matter they’re going from the wide open spaces of Fontana for the bitty paperclip at Martinsville, the 2015 champion can feel it, and you can see it.
Though this guy is no Kyle Busch fan, it was one heck of an impressive recovery from a pit road speeding penalty to snag the win. Sure there are other drivers who have done the same, the the Penske boys may have done him a favor with the way they were racing each other for position. You can have all that, but can you close the deal? Rowdy can. Regardless of his personality, there’s no denying his considerable talent. The best racer of our generation? Can anyone come up with a better one among active drivers? There are others in the discussion, but Busch has the edge.
In terms of the Cup wins, Kyle Busch will tie NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty with his next appearance in Victory Lane. Rusty Wallace immediately follows. Catching Dale Earnhardt will take a little more time, but barring catastrophe, Busch will get there.
The way things are going now, the 22 victories he needs to do may come sooner, rather than later.