“Definitely Putting Pressure” – Kyle Busch Admits to Challenges After Surprising Start to NASCAR Season

Published 03/09/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


So far this season, Kyle Busch has had a sluggish start to his 2021 campaign. However, he is also aware that the year has been a bit unpredictable, as evidenced by four different winners. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is yet to win a race this season, not counting his Busch Clash triumph.

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That said, his form is surely improving, as he finished 10th fastest at Homestead-Miami. He then followed it up with a fine third-place finish at his home track, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Of course, he can only get better from here, as he hopes to keep up the momentum.

He said, “I mean, yeah, it’s pretty interesting how this season’s laid out so far. Everybody is a different winner. It’s pretty cool for parity and for separation. I think that even adds to another different winner from last year. I think that’s 14 of 16 races or something like that.It’s kind of crazy to see all that going on.

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Kyle Busch talks about his own season so far

The 35-year-old even spoke about how many other teams are also under a bit of pressure. As it turns out, Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing team are not the only ones suffering from a rough start to their seasons. One example is the Stewart-Haas Racing team, where Kevin Harvick seems to be the only one who is trying to mix it up among the leaders.

“It’s definitely putting pressure on some of the other teams, some of the teams that have had a rough start like ourselves first few races being terrible.”

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to the 2015 and 2019 Cup champion, he and the outfit had to dig themselves out of a massive hole. Thus, it is heartening to see that they have been working on that every weekend and getting closer.

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Unfortunately, the fact that poor old Busch is often forced to start near the back is not helping matters. This ultimately costs them valuable points during the first and second stages.

Luckily for the #18 car, the season is still long and there is plenty of time for him to buck up. It is also worth mentioning that he is on the brink of a record for the most consecutive seasons with a win. If he can snag a win or two in 2021, he will extend his streak.

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