Guess who won five races at Bristol Motor Speedway between 2002 and 2005. Was it Tony Stewart? No. Jeff Gordon? Guess again. If you guessed Kurt Busch, then you get a gold star and and an old lug nut off of a Richard Petty race car. Just when he needed it, the 2004 champion turned back the clock to cement his playoff spot.
As many of you know, there’s been ample speculation concerning the 40-year old’s future. There’s been swirls of talk that the 41 will become the seat for Cole Custer in 2019 and that Kurt Busch would be looking for a new piece. Whether that is mere speculation or reality, this victory adds a plot twist.
Now this is not suggesting that Kurt Busch lucked into a win in an otherwise dismal season, and he’s been rescued from a certain demise. The fact is Kyle’s big bro now boasts four top fives and 15 top tens in 2018. While not worthy of big time boast, those figures aren’t bad. From where this observer sits, a Kurt Busch win was bound to come. He has’t had a sub-tenth finish since the summer Daytona date. Every year, people seem to write the veteran racer, and every he comes roaring back.
Would you believe Big Busch is ranked fourth in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series standings? He sure is. Now I don’t know I’m ready to start talking about the “Big Four,” but much like fellow former champion Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch is someone you must account for. It doesn’t hurt being in the Stewart-Haas camp, where Kevin Harvick has been stout all year, and Clint Bowyer hasn’t been all that far behind, and Aric Almirola has made the 10 car are more positive source of positive racing news.
Kurt Busch may not be at quite the same level he was when he was wreaking havoc in the 97 for Jack Roush, but he far from finished. He won’t be going away soon.