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article imageNASCAR: Busch is 'going to bask in a moment' after latest win

By John Duarte     Jul 27, 2015 in Sports
Indianapolis - If NASCAR had such a thing as a hat-trick, Kyle Busch has just completed it. Busch continued his incredible run since returning from injury and won his third-consecutive Sprint Cup Series on Sunday.
Busch was like a kid in a candy store after the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. It was his third straight trip to Victory Lane and fourth in the last NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
“We had a lot of fun today,” said Busch. “To come home with a victory here at the Brickyard 400, there's nothing else like it.”
Returning to competitive racing after a serious injury, Busch himself wasn't sure what to expect. He knew the task ahead of him was large and he was prepared to give it his all. Never did he expect to have four wins in five races, nor three in a row. Busch says he has, in some ways, exceeded his own expectations.
“We just wanted to come back and get back into a rhythm of things and finish Top 20, finish Top 15, get some Top 10s. I didn't want to come back and not be ready to contend for Top 5s. When I did come back, I knew that that was what we were going to do,” he said. “We've certainly exceeded our expectations. This is a run that anybody would have never imagined, including myself, or my wife, or my team. We're going to bask in a moment and enjoy it.”
On Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch led only 19 of the race-total 164 laps, but was not to be outdone on the late restarts on the way to his fourth win this year. Busch is now tied with Jimmie Johnson for most wins on the season, but is far from securing a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Where normally he would be locked in and could take it easy the final six races before the end of the regular part of the Sprint Cup season, Bush still has a massive hill to climb if he is going to be in the title hunt.
Busch suffered a broken leg and shattered foot during an Xfinity Series race , on Feb. 21, prior to the start of the Sprint Cup season. When he returned, on May 24, he had missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races. Missing that amount of events would have normally disqualified Busch from being part of the Chase, but NASCAR granted him a waiver the would allow Busch to be among the 16 drivers in the hunt for the Sprint Cup title. The main condition set on the dispensation was that Busch would have to finish 30th or higher in the driver standings. After Sunday's race, Busch sits 32nd, 23 points out of breaking into the Top 30.
What means for Busch is that he must place 24 or better in the final six races on the Sprint Cup schedule before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sept. 20 in Chicago. After his recent run, Busch is brimming with confidence as he looks toward the final race of the regular season, Sept. 13 in Richmond, Virginia.
“I don't have any doubts (of making the Chase), but we're still not there,” he said. “Whether we get into the Chase and become Chase eligible next week or the week after or the week after that, it doesn't matter as long as it comes post-race Richmond. That's what matters.”
Joey Logano finished second in the race on Sunday, and Kevin Harvick was third. Logano, who finished second to Busch two weeks ago, said Busch is “a man on a mission” and joked about his competitor's run.
“The worst part is the same guy beat me the last two times I finished second,” said Logano. “I'm glad he's back and all, but geez oh Pete, you don't have to come back like that..”
Reigning series champion Harvick leads the Sprint Cup Series drivers standings. He is 69 points ahead of Logano and 100 up on Dale Earnhardt Jr. If Harvick is able to defend his title, he would be the first to do so since Johnson won five straight crowns, between 2006 and 2010, and only the fifth driver ever to complete the feat in the 66-year history of NASCAR racing.
The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is the Windows 10 400, at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2, 2015.
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