I kind of feels like Kyle Busch is getting shuffled out of the championship discussion for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending champion and the overall story of the weekend with Furniture Row Racing shutting down upon the completion of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). How can that not be the top story?
Then there’s Kevin Harvick and the drama surrounding the team amid the L-1 penalty suffered from Texas. He has the top overall speed this season and is the favorite.
After that, Joey Logano is getting a ton of storylines as the underdog that thinks he’s the favorite. Lost in that shuffle?
That’s a mistake. Busch, is coming off of a win last weekend in Phoenix and has three top four finishes in his last four starts on the season in his No. 18 Toyota. The track itself races like Chicagoland. Busch won that race back in July. It also races like Darlington. He finished seventh in September.
Busch, is also having a career year. His eight wins are most in a single season ever for him. So are his 21 top five finishes and 27 top 10’s. His average finish of 8.4 is a career best as well. Despite that, Busch says that if he doesn’t win the championship this weekend, he doesn’t necessarily see 2018 as a successful season.
“I would say it’s certainly been a successful year, but I don’t think it would be truly successful without being able to bring home that championship,” said Busch. “Obviously, that’s what we strive for and live for and build our seasons around each and every year is to be able to get to the final four.
“We know you’ve got to be in it to win it. Certainly, we’ve been there now the last four seasons. We’ve only brought it home in the first year. So got to figure out ways to bring it home every year and have more opportunities to collect these trophies.”
Do you really want to overlook what is arguably the hottest driver in the series the last month, having a career season and one that has three straight top six finishes at Homestead including a win in 2015 and second place run last year?
That’s a mistake.