Reports Of Kyle Busch's Pre-Chase Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Matt Mercer@@mattmercerCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2008

The NASCAR media's toughness with Kyle Busch knows no bounds. After his seventh win in Chicagoland, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards responded with wins at Indy and Pocono. All of a sudden, it's like Busch hadn't been the dominant driver of the 2008 season.

Experimental setups and unfortunate strategy breaks aside, Busch runs as well as anyone at any track, at any time.

This proved true again Sunday at Watkins Glen, where Busch led over half the race to sweep the Sprint Cup road courses for the year and also set a NASCAR record, winning on three different road courses in the same year.

With the disappearance of Mexico City from the Nationwide schedule, it likely won't happen again for a while, if ever.

Busch won Sunday in much the same way he did at Infineon, using strategy to work his way near the front, and once he took the lead he didn't give it back. Gibbs teammate Tony Stewart ran behind him the last third of the race, but couldn't touch him, and neither could anyone else.

A red flag for a massive crash in turn 11 and other cautions couldn't stop Busch from reaching victory lane for the eighth time this year, and the 12th in his young career.

The rest of the year shapes up favorably as well—Busch has won at many of the tracks coming later in the year and it's not of the question to see him get close to or break the 13-race win record shared by Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon.