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Kyle Busch: No Triple Crown for NASCAR's Version of a Triple Threat

Patti RodischAnalyst IJune 17, 2008

Could he have won it all? Yes. Plain and simple.

But at what cost?

But before the Michigan race had even started Sunday, Kyle Busch confirmed he would not be running for all three series championships, ending weeks of speculation from every possible source.

With Clint Bowyer holding a 243-point advantage in the Nationwide series and Kyle ranked fifth, he feels that with the consistency of Bowyer it's a deficit he might not be able to over come.

In the truck series he currently sits in 13th, only 217 points behind in that series but seeing that his chances are dwindling to truly make a run. With 12 other drivers in front of him, he knows it's going to be difficult to do with the schedule he is running.

In the Cup series his lead of a full race only three weeks ago has been dwindled down to 32 points due to wins by Jr. and the ever consistent Jeff Burton and poor showings by Busch at Pocono and Michigan. His focus needs to be on the Cup.

To me this was a no brainer. He has a realistic shot of winning the Cup this year. Now a reminder—it's not even the halfway point yet and a few drivers have yet to notch a win (Gordon, Smoke, Kenseth, Kurt Busch).

But traveling across God's great country takes its toll and  takes focus away from the real prize. We all seemed to wonder what Joe Gibbs was thinking allowing him to run three series. Three different states in 48 hours seemed to cool this driver off.

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Kyle made the right choice. This guy can drive anything, but why not put all that energy and all that focus into the Cup series? Remember, this sport is also about momentum and he lost some of that the last couple weeks while a few others gained some.

Things can change in a instant in this sport, so I am not going to crown him just yet, but he's the front runner. So this choice had to be made.

Maybe this is a sign of maturity, or maybe making this choice was tough knowing how competitive he is, but it's the right choice.

Which means bad news for the rest of the field if Rowdy is just focusing on Cup now. But anything is possible. Like Rowdy said he is young and he doesn't have a family to have obligations to, so why not?

He could wake up tomorrow and decide to run full-time Nationwide and I really wouldn't be too surprised.

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