Busch Claims LifeLock.com 400 Victory
It seems that Kyle Busch is set to enjoy the season of a lifetime after he claimed yet another win this weekend at the Lifelock.com 400 held at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday Night. The race was tough and though it seemed that Busch had his sights set on the trophy from the start, there was a patch near the end when it seemed that victory had been swept out from under his feet.
The LifeLock.com 400 started out well for Busch and he managed to maintain a striking lead for 165 laps. But then it seemed that his good fortune was fading when Jimmie Johnson, the defending series champion, manage to take the lead with just seventeen laps to go. Johnson pulled into the lead and any chance of Busch reclaiming first place seemed lost, but somehow circumstances ultimately seemed to favor Busch. It all turned around when David Gilliland’s engine blew with just five laps to go. This was bad news for Gilliland, but good news for Busch who managed to use the restart to catch up to Johnson. Busch sat on Johnson’s bumper for a while until he saw his chance and zipped past on the backstretch with just two laps left for the race. From there it was plain sailing until Busch drove across the finish line with Jimmie Johnson coming in second not long after him. This is the seventh trophy he has taken for Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR’s top division this season and it seems that his successes are getting more and more frequent. He has also taken the NASCAR Nationwide Series trophy five times and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series trophy twice.
Some would ruefully say that Kyle Busch has just gotten lucky – while others want his luck to rub off on them. But that is an awful lot of wins for it all to just be luck. Clearly skillful driving, dogged determination and the ability to make the most of opportunities as they present themselves also play a big role. Kevin Harvick came in third, followed by Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Newman respectively.