NASCAR

Does Kyle Busch Race Too Much?

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01: Kyle Busch drives the #18 M&Ms Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2009 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Joshua LobdellCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

Kyle Busch and the officials over at Joe Gibbs racing have a lot to be concerned with right now. With six races left until the chase begins Kyle sits 14th in the points, 82 markers behind 12th place and the last spot in this year’s chase for the championship.

While Kyle is certainly capable of making those points up, but the upcoming tracks have not exactly been all that kind to Kyle. His best chances at scoring maximum points will be at Watkins Glen, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the other races Kyle must insure he does not lose further ground.

When we combine his current standings with his epic collapse in the first two races of last year’s chase, we must start to wonder is Kyle’s attention split between too many pursuits.

Over the last two seasons Kyle has run 132 times in all three of the National NASCAR tours. At some point both physical and mental fatigue will set in. Last year it happened in the chase, this year it has happened in July. Kyle has three cup wins and sits outside the chase, and will now face an uphill battle to get his team back into the chase.

While winning 20 races each season, and locking up a Nationwide series title are important accolades for driver and team, one would think winning a Cup title would be the ultimate goal. However to win a cup title first one must qualify for the chase.

If these other pursuits are stealing away Kyle’s focus, or draining his physical energy and mental ability Joe Gibbs Racing must put an end to them.

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