Monday, June 28, 2010

Kyle Busch: Is Nationwide on His Side?

Kyle Busch is my driver. I like to see him run well and when he has a bad run, my mood goes downhill along with his place.

For two weekends, Kyle didn’t participate in the Nationwide Series. I’ve noticed when he doesn’t run, his performance suffers.

Just take a look at the numbers.


On May 30, he got a third-place finish at the Coca-Cola 600, and on June 6 he got a 2nd-place finish at the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500; during both race weekends, he participated in the Nationwide race the Saturday before. On June 13 at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, Kyle got a 20th-place finish, and on June 20 at the Toyota/Save Mart 350, he got a disappointing 39th place. While the 39th finish was out of his hands because of the run-in with Clint Bowyer, he didn’t participate in either Nationwide race. On June 26 Kyle ran in the Nationwide Series; the next day he ran in Cup. He had a top-5, if not a winning car at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Kyle was ready for a win, and could have gotten it there if it weren’t for an unexpected run-in with Jeff Burton, which placed him 11th.

My point in these numbers is simple; when Kyle races in Nationwide, he’s ready for Cup the next day. He’s ready to win, dominate and take home the respect and the victory he deserves.

I’m interested in seeing how Kyle runs the rest of the season when he’s not doing Nationwide, and I’m honestly hoping I’m wrong. I hope that this is some sort of car issue that I’ve overlooked. I want to see Kyle have great runs, and hopefully win a championship. If it takes him racing Nationwide and Cup full-time to gain that championship, then by all means, I hope he does it. 

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