3 THINGS TO WATCH

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - — God­win Kelly, god­win. kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. Streaks

There are sev­eral in­ter­est­ing streaks in Cup Se­ries rac­ing right now, but the two most in­ter­est­ing be­long to Brad Ke­selowski and Kurt Busch. Ke­selowski is on a tworace win­ning streak with wins at Day­tona and Ken­tucky. Busch has fin­ished ev­ery lap of all 18 races staged to date. There have been 5,202 laps run this sea­son and Busch has fin­ished each one. He is the last man stand­ing in this iron­man cat­e­gory.

2. Real stand­ings

The points stand­ings on the left side of this page are the points stand­ings, but are not the stand­ings be­ing tracked by NASCAR Cup Se­ries com­peti­tors. The real stand­ings have Brad Ke­selowski at the top of the board with four wins this sea­son, fol­lowed by Kyle Busch with three vic­to­ries. Tony Ste­wart is 11th in the Chase stand­ings thanks to that win at Sonoma. Jamie McMur­ray is on the bub­ble based on points.

3. Rookie battle

Ev­ery so of­ten we have to re­mind you of the tremen­dous battle for NASCAR Sprint Cup Se­ries Rookie of the Year hon­ors. The two kids way out front here are Chase El­liott, who right now is qual­i­fied for the Chase play­offs, and Ryan Blaney, who is just beyond the cut line. They crashed each other out at Ken­tucky. Not sur­pris­ingly, four of the five rookie con­tenders crashed at Ken­tucky.

GETTY IM­AGES/SARAH CRABILL

Kurt Busch has ev­ery rea­son to smile be­cause he is the only driver to com­plete ev­ery lap of NASCAR Cup Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

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