Busch dominates Michigan By: Tom Chemris Rookie sensation Kyle Busch backed up his Indy win by taking the checkers in the Cabelas 250 at the Michigan International Speedway. "The competition was great today. Everybody raced me clean the way...
Busch dominates Michigan
By: Tom Chemris
Rookie sensation Kyle Busch backed up his Indy win by taking the checkers in the Cabelas 250 at the Michigan International Speedway. "The competition was great today. Everybody raced me clean the way that they needed to. I've just got to thank all my competitors", said Busch.
Busch, who has won five races this season (the most of any active competitor), is rebounding from a disastrous July, in which the nineteen year old driver had four consecutive finishes out of the top ten.
Regarding the back to back wins, Busch gave all the credit to his Hendrick Motorsports team "It's just awesome. It's a testament to these teams. They're an awesome team and I just can't say enough about 'em," noted Busch.
Busch, who had the dominant car of the afternoon, started the event in second after qualifying was rained and the field was set on points. After taking the top spot early, Busch led a total of eighty-seven laps of the 125 lap event.
At one point in the race, Busch had amassed a lead greater than five seconds. The only thing capable of slowing him down seemed to be the caution flag which flew a record number of times in an event that normally has little time under yellow.
Finishing behind Busch were Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr, Casey Mears, and Kasey Khane.
Three of the top five competitors are Nextel Cup standouts pulling double duty. The event had fourteen double duty drivers take to the track including the return of Rusty Wallace, who drove for his own team, marking the first two race weekend for Wallace since 1989. Wallace who reunited with his championship crew chief Barry Dodson came through the field from a forty-second starting position to finish sixth.
By virtue of his second consecutive win, Busch remains second in the points standing ninety three markers behind Martin Truex Jr.
With twenty three of thirty four races complete it seems the championship title fight is shaping up to be a two car battle. Third in the standings is Jason Leffler who sits 398 points out, and overall all there is a 900 point speared among the top ten. Unlike Nextel Cup, which changed its points system to a "Chase for the Championship," the Busch title is still determined by the overall points leader at the end of thirty four races.