Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch couldn’t have started the 2015 NASCAR season in a worse way: lying in the hospital while the Daytona 500 was being run without him.
But now the nightmare that started the season for Busch is looking more like the calm before the storm for the rest of the Sprint Cup Series: the nightmare is now theirs, and the nightmare’s nickname is “Rowdy.”
The dream became more of a reality in the last few weeks, as Busch has won four of the last five Cup Series races, including the last three, and his Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series team captured the checkered flag at Eldora Speedway, as Christopher Bell used his dirt skills to pick up hi first Truck Series win in his third start.
“It’s certainly been a dream come true, you know, and starting last week at Eldora on Wednesday with Christopher Bell, that was just a great performance by the Kyle Busch Motorsports team and all the guys there winning that one,” said Busch. “And then moving on to Indy and participating in the XFINITY Series race as well as the Sprint Cup Series race, and being able to win both of those and come home with a checkered flag was just a phenomenal feat and something that has never been done in Indy. I’m glad to be the first one doing so, but most importantly just being with my team and everybody that’s done so much work this year at being able to prepare such great race cars and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. To put ourselves in victory lane at the Brickyard 400 is pretty cool.”
Busch’s return to the track in May has boosted the spirits of JGR in its entirety, including all four cars placing in the top five at Kentucky and four top 15 finishes at the Brickyard.
“I definitely think the whole company is really jacked up,” said Busch. “Everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing feels everything going and coming together as a whole. Even my teammates, we went to lunch the other day and everybody is just kind of gelling and happy. Everyone is smiling, and they’re happy for me and the success that we’ve had at the 18 car but also the success that the company is starting to put together, as well, too, with a bunch of us finishing in the top 10 each and every week, especially Kentucky.”
Busch is not out of the woods yet when it comes to his injuries suffered in the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona – he still needs off-season surgery to remove plates in his left foot and screws in his right leg –but his focus right now is collecting those 23 points he still needs to get back into Chase contention – and a few more wins would definitely help the effort.
” Even if we had a bad day (at Pocono) and finished in the 30s or 40s, it certainly wouldn’t speed up our process of making the Chase, but we still have five more weeks after that where I feel like we have some really good tracks coming up that we can win at, like Watkins Glen, like Bristol, Darlington, Richmond. Those places I’m really looking forward to, and who’s to say that we shouldn’t get any more wins.”
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