3 reasons Kyle Busch will repeat as Sprint Cup champion
Kyle Busch heads to Dover International Speedway ranked third in points and is a virtual lock to advance to the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the sanctioning body’s season ending playoffs. Here are three reasons why Busch will not only advance to the next round but will win his second consecutive Sprint Cup championship.
Getty ImagesRobert Laberge
The five affiliated Toyotas -- four from Joe Gibbs Racing and one from Furniture Row Racing -- have dominated the Sprint Cup Series, winning 14 of 28 races so far. They have had speed virtually everywhere they go and have kept it up so far in the first two races of the Chase. Clearly, the Toyotas as a group are faster than the Chevrolets and Fords.
Getty ImagesMatt Sullivan
All four JGR drivers -- Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth -- are among the elite in NASCAR. This season, Busch has more victories (four), top fives (12) and top 10s (18) than any of his JGR teammates, or Martin Truex Jr., a quasi-teammate at Furniture Row. Busch also has 38 race victories, many more than Edwards, Hamlin or Truex. Like Busch, Kenseth also has 38 race wins, but it took him 606 starts, vs. just 418 starts for Busch.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesSean Gardner
Been there, done that
Last year, Busch won a championship for the first time and he did so after rehabbing from serious leg and foot injuries. He’s been through this elimination format and won, so the team’s confidence will be much higher this time around than it was last year. Everyone on the No. 18 team not only knows they can do it, they already know how to do it, and that gives them a huge edge.