Kyle Busch remains optimistic that he will be able to secure a spot in the Chase, despite the fact that he is barely qualified for the final chase position.
Kyle Busch is in second place in the wildcard standing with one victory, reports ESPN Chicago. The Joe Gibbs Motorsports driver currently stands at number 13 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings with one top 10 finish in the last seven weeks. If the season were to end now, he would fill the final Chase position but as is he still has seven races to earn his spot in the Chase.
The hopeful Busch tells ESPN:
“I’m not sure at all [I’ll qualify for the Chase.] All we can do is work as hard as we know how to do and get ourselves capable of finishing up front and winning a couple races before its starts. If you win one, you think you’re going to be okay. If you win two, you’re locked in. For us, we’ve got good tracks coming up. I think of the seven race tracks, we’ve won at six of them. It bodes well for us.”
Heading into June, Kyle Busch had seven top-10 finishes and a victory. Recently however, he’s had finishes of 29th, 30th, 32nd, 17th, 10th, 24th, and 16th place, leaving Busch feeling a bit uncertain as to whether he’ll be able to make a comeback. Of his place in the standings Busch says:
“We’re not comfortable at all. This Chase format is certainly stressful if you’re back in the points as we are. We had a slow start to the year and then we got going. We won at Richmond and then we had five top 5s in a row and were up to eighth in points and just about ready to make a pounce for fifth in points and then bad luck struck, and we haven’t been able to shake it yet.”
Daryle Hier, a contributor to Yahoo Sports, wrote that:
“What jumps out to me is Kyle Busch….On the surface, Kyle Busch has the best chance to make the Chase and currently has the second of two wildcard spots as it stands.”
Do you think that Kyle Busch has what it takes to make it into the 2012 Sprint Cup Chase?