Kyle Busch speeds closer to Chase ti­tle

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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