Busch performing at championship level
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Kyle Busch celebrates his victory in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a burnout.

By Zachary Lange
Staff Reporter
April 5, 2016

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

On a crisp, rural Virginia Sunday another grandfather was awarded after 1000 turns at the paper clip shaped Martinsville. By dominant fashion, Kyle Busch claimed his first win in the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville after leading 352 of 500 laps. While only his first victory of the season, Busch claimed his fifth top-five finish.

This season is Kyle Busch’s championship party, and the rest of the competition is cordially invited.

Only six weeks into the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and it’s become apparent that the driver of the No. 18 Toyota is your man to beat.

If it wasn’t for a blown tire resulting in a 25th place finish, he would have an average finish of third (presuming he finishes in second, where he was running at the time of accident). Even still, Busch’s average finish is seventh, only behind Kevin Harvick.

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Kyle Busch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

Busch currently sits third in the points standings, and essentially clinched his spot in the playoffs in September. Busch has led the most laps of any driver in the first six races, and will continue to be a threat to take the checkered week after week.

For Busch, it appears he has more confidence than ever this season, and commented after his win at Martinsville that, “You've got to have confidence and belief in what you're doing and what your team is doing and who your team is, and I feel like we've got all that.  Team has got really good charisma.  Everybody rallies around [Crew Chief] Adam Stevens and myself, and Adam is a great boss and leader, as well, and I feel like I've gotten better in my leadership skills over the years.”

When asked about how the victory opens the door to take more risk to win with the ticket to the Chase booked, Stevens replied, "…We're kind of freed up, and it's really going to open the playbook."

  It won't be every weekend, but there will be situations where we can do some pretty drastic stuff to try to get to victory lane.”

Knowing Kyle Busch and his past, it is safe to assume that “drastic stuff” in order to capture the checkered flag is an understatement.

And who can blame Busch, sitting at 35 Sprint Cup victories at only 31 years of age this season, he is in the peak of his career, performance wise.

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Kyle Busch races Matt Kenseth during the Daytona 500 in February.

By the time his career is done, Busch could easily sit at 60-75 victories. And if he continues at the blistering pace he has set this season, it could be even more.

Kyle Busch has the world of NASCAR in his hands, and his competition by the throat.

While a grandfather clock is nice, come November, another Sprint Cup Championship is in the cards for Kyle, with the results thus far it is only a matter of time.

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