Kyle Busch: Master Of The Re-Start

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 29, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is a winner. Even when his car isn’t the greatest, he finds a way. At Pocono, we were reminded once again that Kyle Busch is the master of the re-start. Sure, that last re-start wasn’t his best as the 18 tussled with the 19 of teammate Daniel Suarez, but that was an aberration.

Year after year, the 2015 champion demonstrates an ability to get out of the chutes well on re-start. Not everyone has this skill. If memory serves correctly, this is an Achilles’ heel for seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. There’s an art to it. The timing of mashing of your foot on the gas has to be just right, or you get a weak response, OR you spin the tires. If your car is great you can overcome it. If your piece is less than great, it becomes one more thing to overcome.

It’s also refreshing to see Busch gives props to the team and to his crew chief Adam Stevens. I think I sense a post coming about the crew chief for the driver who has won the most races since the Pocono race at this time last year. You don’t always hear Stevens’ name mentioned among the likes of Rodney Childers or Cole Pearn, but there’s no questioning he owns a part of the success with a driver that isn’t always the easiest to work with.

Getting back to re-starts, the discussion reminds us that there’s more to racing a fast car. Heck, every car on the track is fast. There’s more to how the racer drives it than people realize.

All of today’s great drivers have something they do exceptionally well. Kevin Harvick manages the accelerator better than anyone this fan can think of coming in and out of turns. Kyle Busch has been rocking re-starts for as long rocking the re-starts.