Kyle Busch speeds closer to Chase title
Kyle Busch continues to find victory lane and is moving closer to landing a spot in the Chase.
Busch’s dominant comeback rolled on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he won for the second straight weekend and for the third time in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He broke his right leg and left foot in a crash the day before the season-opening Daytona 500. He missed the first 11 races of the season, then returned in late May determined to earn a berth in NASCAR's championship playoffs.
Busch needs only to finish in the top 30 in the regular-season standings to earn a spot in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup field. Busch won races at Sonoma Raceway and last week at Kentucky Speedway and is 33rd in the standings, 58 points behind David Gilliland for 30th.
Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Busch said Friday he still is bothered by the leg injuries. They hardly seemed to matter in the No. 18 Toyota.
“We’ve got to keep doing our deal,” Busch said. “Every week it keeps getting better and better.”
Busch has gained 70 points on the 30th spot over the last two races and is not only a threat to qualify for the Chase - but to win it all for Joe Gibbs Racing should he crack the field. He still must rank inside the top-30 in points to make the Chase. He has seven races left to crack the top 30 before the Chase opens Sept. 20.