Kyle Busch has a shot at big victory in Indy
indianapolis — Kyle Busch has the kind of trophy collection most NASCAR drivers would envy: monsters, lobsters, even wine. He has visited Victory Lane 32 times in his Sprint Cup career — and with wins in the last two races, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is used to raising the ultimate prize over his head.
But in the Big Ones, the series’ marquee races in which a victory stamps a driver for generations, Busch has gone home empty-handed.
He has not won the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte or in Indy.
Oh, how Busch wishes he could take the checkered flag just once in one of those races. He will try again Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where NASCAR’s hottest driver may have his best shot yet at planting a kiss on the famed Yard of Bricks.
“I would love to be able to have those checked off the list and to not be looking for just one victory but two or three at some of these places,” Busch said. “Jeff [Gordon] is looking for [six] here at Indy at the Brickyard. That’s pretty remarkable.”
Busch needs a win — or at least another top 10 — to continue his charge toward a berth in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
He refused to let the thought of a title even dance in his head as he recovered from a gruesome injury suffered in an Xfinity Series race the day before the season-opening Daytona 500. Busch broke his right leg and left foot and missed the first 11 Cup races.
Busch isn’t where he needs to be in the standings quite yet.
His three wins are certainly enough to land him in the Chase, but he still is outside the top 30 in points, which is the second major qualifier for competing for the title in the final 10 races of the season.