NASCAR: Solid Finish at Darlington Critical for Kyle Busch

By Jake Thompson
Marvin Gentry-USA Today Sports

This weekend, NASCAR heads to Darlington Raceway, otherwise known affectionately as the Lady in Black, for the Bojangles Southern 500. Coming into this race weekend, Kyle Busch has had a streak of three weeks of terrible finishes.

At Kansas Speedway , Busch’s Achilles’ Heel, he wrecked after colliding with ex-Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano. Then at Richmond, where he was a favorite to win after winning four straight spring races there, he just didn’t have a fast enough car and got caught up when Jimmie Johnson spun and was never able to get back on track.

Finally this last weekend at Talladega, he set off the first Big One of the day by spinning out Kasey Kahne.

While Busch has dealt with some of these bad breaks better than others (at Talladega, he apologized to Kahne for ruining both their chances), he has also shown his old temper after the wreck at Kansas where he left the track almost immediately after instead of sticking around to watch new teammate Matt Kenseth take the checkered flag.

To turn his season back around to the good, he needs a solid finish at Darlington to rebuild some positive momentum for this team. He doesn’t need a win, though that would certainly be nice. Busch should be able to pull it off as he has finished solidly there and has a average finish of 15.5 in recent years. To his credit, he also has a win there from his fantastic 2008 regular season run.

If Kyle Busch wants to contend for the Sprint Cup at the end of the year, then he needs to start solidly finishing like a champion. Look at Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski — they won championships on wins along with steady finishes week in and week out.

When Kyle Busch starts to bring steady finishes to the table along with wins and sweeps, then he will finally hoist up the Sprint Cup in November.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU and like him on Facebook.

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