Kyle Busch hasn’t had the amount of success in the playoffs that he’s initially had hoped that he would. In fact, his 15 additional playoff points that he won for being crowned the regular season champion has carried him to the third round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. But, he’s not facing a situation where he likely needs to end a surprising winless drought to not only get to the Championship 4, but to win this year’s championship.
Busch, sits +22 in the standings right now. He knows that at least one spot will made it to the Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend on points. A solid top five in Sunday’s race would do, but those have been hard to come by lately for him.
Busch, has just two top five finishes in his last nine starts on the season. But, Phoenix could be just what the doctor ordered.
Over his last eight ISM Raceway starts, Busch has a top four in seven of them. He has three consecutive top two finishes as well including winning last year’s playoff race to go along with this year’s spring race around the 1.015-mile Arizona oval.
With the new configuration run last November, Busch is 2-for-2. No one else has won on it.
Now, can he earn his first win since June 2 and stamp his name into the final round? He earned his first pole of the season on Saturday and has clean air at the start of the race.