It was Kyle Busch‘s race to win or lose all night at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500. His brother Kurt Busch started on the pole in his Furniture Row Racing car, but after leading over 60 laps, the younger brother took over in his Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
After Kyle took the lead, he was dominant all night even though he had some challengers.
When competitor Kasey Kahne was battling for the lead, Kyle fought him too hard heading into the turn and sent Kahne out of the race, just like last week at Talladega Superspeedway. These two have been involved in crash after crash this season and after Darlington, Kahne didn’t seem too impressed with Busch and we may see some tension between the two on the racetrack in the future.
In the last 20 laps of the race, Kyle had a cut right rear tire that made him lose his edge entirely and he fell farther and farther back as the race went on. Even with the night’s dominant car, he ended up finishing only in sixth position while teammate Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag.
Not a bad finish, but for someone who was already tasting victory, it was a bittersweet end to the night.
The good news for the night was that Busch went from 10th in the points standings up to eighth after breaking a streak of terrible finishes. It was the solid finish desperately needed, but was still supremely disappointing. Busch will continue to top the list of drivers who routinely dominate races but cannot close at the end.
Still, don’t count Busch out of the championship hunt by any means. If anyone can upset the duel between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, it could be Rowdy Kyle Busch.
Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.