He has won almost every race he has been in this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, 4 out of 6 to be exact, but how much is too much for this full-time Sprint Cup Series driver?Apr 13, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) celebrates winning the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Busch has been in all six NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season driving the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He started off the season finishing 32nd in the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona when he lost an engine. He was running high all day, even leading 22 laps, until his unfortunate mishap sent him to the garage.
Then came Phoenix, Bristol, Fontana and Texas. Each of these tracks saw Busch not only winning the race, but basically leaving every other driver in the field in a cloud of dust. Busch took home both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series wins at Texas leaving him with a clean sweep of the weekend. The only other race he hasn’t won this season besides Daytona in the Nationwide Series was Las Vegas where he finished second to Championship contender Sam Hornish Jr.
It’s pretty clear to see that Kyle Busch can win in the Nationwide Series, but does he really need to prove that each and every week? The Nationwide Series is supposed to be a place for drivers to race and improve their skills and ultimately work their way into the Sprint Cup Series, not a place for Sprint Cup Series regulars to come and prove that they can dominate and win.
With four wins already this season in the Nationwide Series, when will it be enough for Kyle Busch? More importantly, how much is too much? I am all for letting Sprint Cup drivers race in the Nationwide Series, especially if it is only on occasion like Tony Stewart or Jimmie Johnson but every weekend seems to be a little much.
I think it is time that Championship contenders get a chance to duke it out on the track and not have to worry about Kyle Busch. Fans want to see Nationwide Series regulars out there battling for the win, not second place. It might be time for Rowdy Busch to hang up his Monster Energy helmet for a bit and focus on Sprint Cup.
There is no Nationwide Series race this weekend but they will be back on track at Richmond April 26th and you can probably guarantee that the No. 54 of Kyle Busch will be in the race and if recent tradition continues, putting you money on a Rowdy win would probably be a safe bet.