Can Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch Make the Most of His Bristol Supremacy?

Published 09/18/2020, 7:30 AM EDT


Kyle Busch, the defending Cup Series champion, has been suffering a tough 2020 NASCAR Cup Season. In fact, he has been trudging through a winless streak over the course of the last 28 races. His last Cup Series win came at the 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Miami.

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The next race will be at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the track that many consider to be Busch’s backyard. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion has eight Cup Series victories at the short track and occupies the 5th position in the wins list at Bristol. Three times NASCAR Cup Series winner Darrell Waltrip leads the list with 12 wins.

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Can Kyle Busch win at Bristol?

Saturday’s Bristol race is the first elimination race in the 10-race Playoffs. A victory for Kyle Busch would ensure that Busch advances to the Round of 12.

FTW reports, “It’s just a personal vendetta,” Busch said about racing at Bristol. “You go to Bristol, and you’re like, ‘Damn, that’s my track. I’m going to go there, and I’m going to win that thing’.

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“The fact of trying to be able to come out of this year with a victory is certainly high on the list,” Busch said. “That might be number one on the list actually — even more so than winning the championship just with the way this year has gone.”

Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon (3) during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

He is ninth in the season finisher standings. Despite the fact that he does not risk for falling under the main 12 cutoffs, a wrong move could prove to be disastrous for Kyle Busch.

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Bristol is certainly his best and final shot at winning among the eight races left in the 2020 season. Above all, for the last 15 seasons, Busch has won at least one race in a season. A winless season like this could cost him that tally. Presently, in his sixteenth year, he’s 0-28 so far with only eight races remaining.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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