Kyle Busch is still human

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Kyle Busch leads the field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

By Brian DeGruchy
Staff Reporter
August 1, 2015


LONG POND, Pa.—Kyle Busch is doing everything right.

After his injury in February, Busch won his first race back in the Xfinity Series at Michigan in June.

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Kyle Busch poses with his trophy at Idianapolis Motor Speedway

He's gone on to win four of the last five Sprint Cup races, including an unprecedented three-in-a-row. He's leading laps, maximizing points and opportunities, as seen at Daytona and Kentucky.

It's hard to fathom a driver winning one race--let alone four--and not being eligible to make the Chase.

“I’d say we’re certainly doing the right things and our momentum is certainly high at this point,” Busch said to the media Friday at Pocono Raceway. “The guys have just done a phenomenal job both at the shop—everyone there at Joe Gibbs Racig as well as here at the race track that we’ve been to.”

No matter what plays out for Busch, the mid-season run he and his team have had has been phenomenal. He is the first driver in eight seasons to win three or more consecutive races.

Busch is 33rd in points and needs to get into the top-30 before the start of the Chase. He has been in the Chase 7 years in his 9 year career in the Sprint Cup Series.

“I’ve ever won at Pocono Raceway and I hope it’s about to change,” he said. “We’ve certainly had some good runs over the years sometimes in the sprig race and sometimes in the summer race but overall I feel like our team has really come a long ways and I like where we’re going and where we’re at ad so I can just hope that we can continue here this weekend and get ourselves a win.”

He may like his chances, but he still needs to get inside the top-30 to make a championship. No question, Busch is running in championship form, but he first needs to become championship eligible.

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Kyle Busch celebrates his victory in the Xfinity Series' race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Many in the media a few weeks ago wrote Busch off after a last place run at Michigan, but now say he will be a threat for the title, because of the four victories. How convenient.

He can still mess up.

He needs to pick up four points each race on 30th, Justin Allgaier, to become Chase-eligible. A win this weekend can likely bump him into the top-30, but a wreck can push Busch back a full race or more (48 points).

His run has been exceptional, but a Chase berth is no guarantee.

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