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NASCAR: Busch back in Victory Lane on his chase of the ‘Chase’

“Today, we may not have been the best car. We were early, but, towards the end, I’m not sure that we were,” said Busch. “We put ourselves in the right spot to be able to capitalize. Sometimes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series you got to be able to do that. Today was one of those opportunities for us.”
Busch has put together an incredible run in the eight races since returning from a broken leg and shattered foot that kept him our of the early part of the series’ season. Since returning to racing, Busch has driven like a man possessed and has won three of the last four Sprint Cup races. Only Jimmie Johnson has more wins n the Sprint Cup circuit this year. Johnson has won four races.
“This is pretty special,” he said. “This is something that I’m not sure we ever would have expected. It certainly is nice. It certainly has been a perfect storm, if you will. Everything is working in our favor right now. We’re doing the right things at the right times.”
One would think that Busch’s three wins would guarantee him a spot among the final 16 drivers who will be part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the final 10-race shootout to decide the series champion. But it’s not that simple this year. Busch missed the first 11 Sprint Cup Series races after suffering a broken leg and foot in an Xfinity Series race on Feb. 21, 2015. He returned to racing on May 24 and was granted a waiver by NASCAR that would allow him to challenge for the Sprint Cup championship provided he was ranked among the Top 30 drivers in the series.
Busch currently sits in 33rd place, 58 points out of the 30th spot on the series standings. He will need to average finishing 19th or better in the final seven races of the regular season to crack into the Top 30 and make the Chase. He knows the task is still huge
“The opportunity I got put in front of me was to run 20 championship weeks from here on out till the end of the year. That’s what it’s going to be for us,” Busch said. “We’re making the most of that right now. We’ll continue to make sure that we’re smart.”
Brad Keselowski finished second in the race and Kevin Harvick was third.
With seven races remaining before the start of the Chase for the Spring Cup, reigning series champion Harvick maintains the lead he’s had most of season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers standings. He is 69 points ahead of Joey Logano and 79 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 Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard is the next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The Race runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2015.

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