Kyle Busch Is Off To a Good Start But Is It Best Ever?

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJune 26, 2008

Kyle Busch just continues to dominate the Sprint Cup series this season, notching his fifth victory in just 16 races thus far.  Busch's hot start got me thinking is this the most impressive start to a season in Sprint Cup history?

After some research I've come to the conclusion that the fastest start in NASCAR Sprint Cup history would have to be Dale Earnhardt's start to the 1987 season.  Earnhardt took home six checkered flags in the first eight races that year. After 16 races he had eight victories, and would have the point lead by 409 points, in comparison Kyle Busch has a 103 point lead over Jeff Burton after 16 races.

Earnhardt wouldn't stop the dominance after 16 races, he would end the 1987 season with 11 victories. He would lead an outstanding 3,358 laps (leading laps in all but two of the 29 races that season) and he would win the championship by an amazing 489 points over Bill Elliott.

To show you just how amazing Dale Earnhardt's 1987 season was, here's a comparison of Earnhardt's 1987 season through 16 races, and Kyle Busch's through 16 races.

                                 Poles   Wins   Top5   Top10   Laps Led   Points

Dale Earnhardt             1          8       12       14         1,954      2,654

Kyle Busch                   2          5       10       11           869       2,408