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This is the year to win it all for Kyle Busch—at least in theory. There are no excuses or reasons why he can't finally win his first Sprint Cup championship in 2014.
All the elements are in place, his demeanor has matured, and now it's time for the younger Busch brother to really put his awesome talent level to the fullest and greatest test it's ever had.
Busch admittedly is stuck in a rut of sorts. He has had a number of seasons in the Sprint Cup Series where he's had outstanding 26-race regular seasons, only to suffer through one bad 10-race Chase after another.
But he finally broke through in 2013, finishing a career-best fourth in the standings, winning four races, and had 16 top-five and a career-best 22 top-10 finishes.
Not only did Busch stay out of trouble both on and off the race track for the most part, he also resumed his extracurricular driving on both the Nationwide and Trucks series, which seemed to help him take out his frustrations, if any, while also giving him important information he could use the next day or two in the Cup race main event.
While there's not so much the sense of urgency to win a championship in 2014 as there is for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Busch is unquestionably facing perhaps the best chance he's ever had at winning that elusive championship.
What's more, if there's any driver who can keep Jimmie Johnson from tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for most season championships (both with seven), it's Kyle Busch—plain and simple.
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