While a fifth place finish is certainly not exactly where you dream you will finish in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, it is still a solid effort and finish. Kyle Busch‘s fifth place hair-line finish over reigning champion Brad Keselowski continues this Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s strong 2013 season.
Busch pulled out a quite-solid finish by his record at this short track after a severe morale boosting win at Auto Club Speedway. His mastery of the short track seems to only increase with more practice and racing.
Busch also had a good weekend in the Camping World Truck Series where his proteges, if you will, on the Kyle Busch Motorsports team finished quite well in the Kroger 250.
Kyle was able to stay in contention for the lead multiple times, even leading 56 of the races 500 laps. However, Jimmie Johnson in his Hendrick Motorsports number 48 was just too dominant.
Still, this season is showing incredible improvement for this race team and a maturation of Kyle Busch that no one could have expected in his bad boy days. While Busch fans despaired last year as he first missed a Chase berth just barely to Jeff Gordon then finished better in the Chase than most of the other drivers. He has bounced back incredibly well this year with the Generation Six car and a new calmer attitude.
Maybe its hanging out with Mr. Cool-Calm-and-Collected himself Matt Kenseth, but this year, Rowdy Kyle Busch hasn’t been really all that Rowdy. If he can keep this up, pairing solid finishes and wins, Busch is headed towards that championship everyone has expected since he started winning almost every event he raced.