Busch Sets NASCAR Record
After two consecutive lackluster finishes, fans and fellow drivers alike thought that maybe Busch was slipping up a bit. But it seems that Kyle Busch will have no ill-talk of his skills. He responded to comments made by rivals Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson by winning a Sprint Cup Series event and setting a new NASCAR record on Sunday.
When Kyle Busch lined up on the starting grid amongst fellow competitors at the Centurion Boats at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York, on Sunday, it was anyone’s guess as to who’d win the race. After less-than-stellar performances in his two most recent races no one was sure if Busch would pick up his socks and get back in the game or let the championship slip through his fingers with yet another dismal race. But it seems that the gentle chiding from his rivals was all Busch needed to get back in the game. Kyle Busch led the race just 52 laps from pole, screaming over the finish line ahead of the pack to take his sixteenth victory of the season. In doing so he also became the first NASCAR driver to ever claim three road-course race victories in the same year. He now leads the Sprint Cup point’s race and things are looking good for him to win the series.
In commenting on the race, Busch said that “to be a force to be reckoned with means a lot.” And the 23-year-old driver certainly is a force to be reckoned with. After a particularly successful year, Busch has managed to make a name for himself in NASCAR’s top three series. Eight of his wins have taken place in top-level Sprint Cups, two were taken in the Craftsman Truck Series and a further Six have been claimed in the Nationwide. He has now secured the top spot in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup title and fans are looking forward to the race. This was his fourth win in his past seven races and the short spell of non-wins was considered by the team to be a ‘slump’. Well it seems that Busch is out of his slump, so now it only remains to be seen how he does in the final races of the season.