Which Sprint Cup driver has the best shot to win second championship?

In the last five years, we’ve had five different champions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

For three of those five drivers — Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and defending champion Kyle Busch — it was their first championship.

All three of those guys are at the top of their game at this point in the season, so you know how focused they are on winning a second championship.

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Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship is hard. Actually, it’s very hard. It’s been that way throughout the long history of our sport. We know that winning the first one is always the most special, but we also know winning the second one has its own unique place.

We all know what Busch wants to do. He wants that second championship so bad he can almost taste it. Following what we saw on Sunday in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you can see he’s dialed in and laser-locked on that goal.

Busch currently sits fifth in the points standings, tied with Keselowski for the most wins so far this season with four apiece. He has also posted 13 top-10 finishes, and 11 of those were in the top-five.

I’ve said it for many years and I said it again last week — the Brickyard 400 is always a good measuring stick of who is going to be a strong contender in the Chase.


The winner of the Brickyard 400 has gone on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series championship on nine different occasions.

And oh by the way, in case you had forgotten, Busch won the Brickyard 400 last year too.

Harvick is leading the regular season standings, but is basically hanging his hat on consistency. While he only has one victory so far, the man has posted an incredible 16 top-10 finishes this season.

Keselowski, with four wins as I mentioned earlier, is second in points with 12 top-10 finishes.

So you can somewhat see how Busch and Keselowski are going about it a little bit differently from what Harvick is doing.

Trust me, both styles can pay off with this Chase format.

One thing all three drivers have in common, however, is the desire to hoist a second NASCAR Sprint Cup championship trophy at Homestead-Miami in November.