Kyle Busch has a shot at big vic­tory in Indy

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN GEL­STON

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.

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