INDIANAPOLIS – With so much parity in motorsports these days, with what both Alexander Rossi and Kyle Busch are doing in their respective series’ can’t go unnoticed. Both Rossi and Busch are on top of their games right now and doing things that are rare in this day and age.
Lets start with Rossi.
He has three career Verizon IndyCar Series victories, one in each season he’s been at the helm. But, look at where he’s won them at. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was won by Rossi in 2016. The last race at Watkins Glen on Labor Day weekend, Rossi won. Then, last weekend in Long Beach, he won again.
But, to truly appreciate his dominance and to see where he’s at now, look at what he’s done since the Honda Indy Toronto race last July. His average finishing position in that time frame is 5.1. He has six podiums, two of which victories, and eight top six finishes in his last nine INDYCAR starts. This season, Rossi has finished third, third and first respectively.
His average finishing spot in 2018?
Lets look at Busch.
His average finishing position over the last six race?
Busch, just won his second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Monday at Bristol. He won the week prior in Texas. Prior to those two victories, he had three runner up finishes in four races. His other finish in that time frame?
In this day and age, dominating top finishing positions is hard to do. You have to be among the most elite drivers in your respective series and driving out of your mind. Both are.
At this point, both are by far the favorites to win their respectively season championships. It’s still way early to say they will win it, but at this point, who can stop them?
Both say momentum is key to them and both have it on their side. Rossi has done this without racing on favorable tracks for him yet. What happens when he has two natural road courses coming up over the next two races and then the Indy 500, arguably his best track?
Busch, has a great track in Richmond up this weekend, then Talladaga, a track he’s actually done really well on lately, followed by Dover, Kansas and Charlotte coming up after.
The momentum train doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon for either.