Kyle Busch: Man or Machine?

Matt OffermannCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2008

There is no doubt that Kyle Busch is having a dream season this year in just about every NASCAR event. In standings he is 20th in Craftsman Truck Series, fifth in the Nationwide Series, and of course he is leading in the Sprint Cup Series.

These numbers may not look too good to some people, but when you think about the hectic schedules and how many times in a season a driver might need to be in five places at once, it's really pretty impressive. Most impressive are the performances he is executing in the No. 18 MNM's Joe Gibbs Car this year.

He is leading in points and is out to an enormous 262-point lead over Dale Jr. Kyle also has 12 top fives and 13 top 10s to go with the seven wins. In 19 races he has won seven. The last person to do better was the greatest racer of all-time, Dale Earnhardt, when he won seven out of 18.

In 2004 Kyle was just learning the ropes as he only ran six races with his best finish at 24th in California as he finished 52nd in points. At the end of 2004 he was announced as Hendrick's full-time driver of the No. 5 car.

When he first started out in 2005 he had a great rookie season, finishing 20th in points with one pole, two wins, nine top fives, and 13 top 10s. This was of course with Hendrick Racing which uses Chevys.

In 2006 he moved up 10 spots to finish in 10th with one win, one pole, 10 top fives, and 18 top 10s.  Once again it was with Hendrick.

In 2007, his last year with Hendrick, he moved up once again to finish in fifth. He had one win, no poles, 11 top fives, and 20 top 10s. Kyle announced at the end of 2007 that he was moving to Joe Gibbs Racing

As you read all of these stats, look at how much he was improving throughout his career—how he jumped from 52nd to 20th to 10th to fifth. And this year he is in first.

I have heard a lot of people saying that it's just luck or it's the Toyota cars. In the end this could be true, but look at the facts. He drove a Chevy and gradually moved up in points every year he raced. If you go by the pattern, this year he should be No. 1.