“We Weren’t Looking Too Good” – Kyle Busch Makes Bold Comments About His Chances at the Regular Season Championship

Published 07/16/2023, 9:31 AM EDT

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Can Kyle Busch be considered a phoenix, rising up from his ashes? One might surely find the question ambiguous in nature, but there are numbers that can back it up. If one looks at the trajectory of Kyle Busch over the past four years, one will surely notice a surprising upward surge in the ongoing season from the past years. 

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Busch has already pocketed three victories to his name in the current season, and the last time he portrayed this momentum was back in 2019 when he clinched his second Cup Series title. Exhibiting the same vitality, Kyle Busch in his first year with Richard Childress Racing doesn’t seem to show a single sign of slowing down. Although the nightmare of entering the Playoffs does not haunt Kyle Busch, the No.8 Chevrolet’s ambitions are far-fetched, and he reveals his intentions in the pre-race interview of Crayon 301.

Kyle Busch sets his ambitions high for the regular season championship

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Apart from Kyle Busch, who is riding high on the waves of success, is Hendrick Motorsports prodigy William Byron. While his other teammates struggle to seize a victory, Jeff Gordon’s successor has already bagged four victories, the highest in the ongoing season. Moreover, Byron stands atop the points table, after securing victory at the rain-shortened race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

With four victories, Byron is collecting precious Playoff points for the postseason, and besides that, the HMS driver is also a strong contender for the regular season championship. However, it is not just Byron who is prying for a title, as Kyle Busch is at his heel ready to give a fight head-on. This was evident in the pre-race interview, where Busch optimistically asserted, “I think I was looking at it about race two or three. I think you always kind of try to keep a pulse on it and just see what’s going on.”

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“Seven weeks ago, we weren’t looking too good, but we have made some really good headway in the last seven weeks of being able to work our way back into the points standings and get ourselves closer to that front. I was doing a point study earlier this week and we are 120 playoff points or stage points less than William Byron and if I had half of that I would be leading the points by 20.”

“So we just have to able to execute better in the stages to be able to get stage points, that’s what it’s going to come down to, so we know our weaknesses, and just still trying to figure that out on and how to improve that and made that to where we don’t have weaknesses,” Bush concluded.

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The qualifying at New Hampshire throws a wrench at Kyle Busch’s expectations

The last seven races hold a pivotal place, as it shall act as the deciding factor for the regular season championship and also secure the last berths for the Playoffs. While Kyle Busch exhibits his optimistic side ahead of the race at New Hampshire, it seems that the driver has already been confronted with the first set of hurdles during the qualifiers and practice session of Crayon 301.

While the defending champion of New Hampshire, Christopher Bell won the pole position and remained a step ahead in retaining his title, Kyle Busch on the other hand had to struggle to keep straight on the track. The No.8 Chevrolet driver and the three-time victor of New Hampshire spun out twice. 

During the practice session, Busch smacked into the outside wall, and the second incident occurred in the final round of qualifying. The driver lost his traction on the 1.058-mile track and spun around on the track. While the incident may have forced Busch to start the race on Sunday from the rear of the grid, rebounded in the second round of qualifying. Busch starts from the 10th position for Crayon 301.

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With still the light visible at the end of the tunnel, Kyle Busch is ready to put up the extra effort and clinch his third title. Although things might look grim for the driver at this point in time, Busch is hopeful he might get a favorable result in New Hampshire.

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Ayantika Maitra

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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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