Dang, son! Kyle Busch has done it again. I can remember him doing some pretty impressive stuff in his first year with Joe Gibb Racing (2008), but he continues to top that.
Regardless of what you may think of his personality- and I’ll admit he’s grown on me (fan’s confession)- you can’t deny Kyle Busch knows how to win. Dare I say it? Kyle Busch is a racer’s racer. I truly believe the man could win in a wooden go-kart right now. Fellow fan, this is not easy to do. Week after week, the 30-year old goes toe to toe with Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and several of the most talented racers in the world.
Did you hear Busch wants to run the Indianapolis 500? I’d travel halfway across the country to see that. Having his older brother Kurt attempt “the double” drummed up a lot of publicity for NASCAR and Indy car, and he acquitted himself pretty well. Remember when AJ Allmendinger raced the 500? I seriously doubt it would happen this year, but man, you know it’s got to happen someday. Personally, I wouldn’t doubt him.
The funny part about his win at the Duck Commander 500 was that his car has problems early. Then, Busch and Johnson got nose-to-tail and no doubt that forced the need for further adjustments. Just when we all thought Carl Edwards or Martin Truex Jr. would take the checkered flag, here comes Busch. He was quick to credit his team- crew chief and crew- for getting him there.
You watch the man race, and then compare to other less accomplished drivers, and you can see the difference. I can think of one driver at Martinsville who looked like they were sailing towards a great finish. One little slip, and the opportunity was gone. Champions avoid those mistakes…..most days.
Kyle Busch will slow down a little at some point, it’s a long season. On the other hand, it’s safe to say the defending champion has joined six-time champion Jimmie Johnson as one of the lead contenders for the championship in 2016.