Kyle Busch has gone from a long shot to even make the Chase for the Sprint Cup to potentially one of the favorites in just over a month of racing.
Busch continued his amazing run by winning Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his fourth win in the last five Sprint Cup Series races.
The win puts him just 23 points shy of cracking the top 30 in points, which, given the wins, would be enough to qualify him for the Chase and a chance to compete for a championship.
Busch missed the first 11 races of the season after breaking his leg and foot in an XFinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway in February. He's the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win at least three races in a row.
Joey Logano, who was looking to give Team Penske a sweep of the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, came up just short in second place.
Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Jeff Gordon, whose five wins are the most in Brickyard history, finished a disappointing 42nd in his final Indianapolis start after an early-race wreck forced him to the garage. He finished the race 55 laps down.
Kevin McRae covers NASCAR and boxing for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @McRaeWrites.