Beating The Busches: Not So Easy
Kurt and Kyle Busch enter this weekend’s race at Dover on slightly different paths, but with the same ultimate goal – a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Kurt Busch has tallied three top-five finishes for Furniture Row Racing this season, the same amount that Furniture Row had in its previous 199 starts. His latest, a third at Charlotte, kept him firmly in the top 20, a spot necessary to earn a Wild Card spot in the Chase.
The elder Busch won in 2011 in Dove, but struggled last year with finishes of 24th and 23rd. Busch was still racing under the Phoenix Racing banner for both those events.
While Kurt is rolling, Kyle is slipping. Bad luck has chewed away at Kyle’s comfortable top-10 spot and he is now on the outside looking in. Though 11th, his two victories nearly cement him for a Wild Card spot, at worst.
Despite leading a combined 370 laps in the last five races, his average finish is only 28.6 during that span.
Dover may cure those ills. Last September, Busch led 302 laps in a seventh place finish. It was the fifth top-10 finish in the last six Dover races.