Kyle Busch came into the NASCAR Cup Series as a full time driver in 2005. He’s won at least one race every year since. Until 2020.
Busch, is the defending series champion but that distinction will come to an end in a couple of weeks. He was eliminated from championship contention a couple of weeks back in the Round of 12. This has been one of the most frustrating seasons for the two-time champion.
He’s made it to the Championship 4 in five straight years. That streak ends too. He won five times in 2015, four in 2016, five more in 2017, eight in 2018 and five again in 2019. That’s 27 of his 56 wins coming in the last six years. Both championships also occurred during this span too.
But, he’s made it 33 races without a win now. In fact, he’s won just once since mid June of 2019. That win came in the season finale last year at Homestead. He’s never gone this long without a win and if that streak is going to end, maybe Texas on Sunday is the spot.
Busch, has four top 10 finishes in his last five Texas starts. He was 10th in last year’s spring race, seventh in last year’s playoff race and fourth this past year’s spring race. Trends say he will win. 10th to seventh to fourth to…first?
If he does win, it would be rare to have a non playoff driver win a race in the Round of 8. But, this week we have three very capable drivers of doing so.
Jones, has six straight top 10 finishes at Texas including three fourth place runs in his last five overall. Also, in five Xfinity Series tries on the 1.5 mile track, he’s finished in the top four in all including two wins.
Blaney, has a top 12 finish in all but one Texas start. In fact, he has four top eights in his last six tries and the only ones that he doesn’t, he led 145 laps in spring race in 2019 before an engine problem and leading 150 laps and sweeping both stages this past July before a late race fluke caution.
This could be the weekend that we see a non playoff driver remaining win.