Kyle Busch would take a winless Chase if it pays off with a championship.
At 28, Busch is on a mission to win the Cup championship that would truly stamp him as one of the sport’s greats.
He already has a réesumée few in the garage can match. Busch wins races in all three national NASCAR series like no other driver, including a whopping 18 this season.
But all those checkered flags haven’t helped him win a championship.
Busch has finished higher than 10th only once in the last five seasons and he’s never been better than fifth (2007) in the final standings. He lost out to Jeff Gordon for the final Chase spot last season at Richmond.
Busch has put those past disappointments behind him with a sizzling start to this season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Busch is 2-for-2 in runner-up finishes at Chicagoland in the opener and last week at New Hampshire.
While Busch said he doesn’t pay attention to the standings, he knows his pair of seconds is good enough to put him in second place.
Problem is, the driver in front of him hasn’t been in the mood to lose.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth leads the standings after storming his way to the Chase lead with wins the last two weeks to boost his series-best total to seven.
Busch and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers truly threatening Kenseth for the lead as the Chase shifts to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s race.
Kenseth holds a 14-point lead over Busch and an 18-point edge over Johnson. While certainly not out of it with eight races remaining, Carl Edwards is 36 points back of Kenseth in fourth.
Busch qualified 14th on Friday, while Kenseth will start second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned a track record lap of 161.849 mph to win the pole.
The top four qualifiers Friday are all from the Cup championship. Ryan Newman is third and Carl Edwards fourth. Other Chase drivers include: Jimmie Johnson starts eighth, Joey Logano 11th, Kevin Harvick 12th, Jeff Gordon 16th, Greg Biffle 19th, Kasey Kahne 20th, and Clint Bowyer starts 23rd.
IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will not return to KV Racing next season and is finalizing a deal to join Chip Ganassi Racing, The Associated Press has learned.
Two people familiar with Kanaan’s plan said that the Brazilian is nearing a signed contract with Ganassi.
Kanaan, 38, will join a lineup that includes Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, and Charlie Kimball.
Franchitti and Dixon have combined to win six IndyCar titles, and Kanaan won it in 2004.