Bay boy Kurt Busch may come into contention for a place in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship nine seasons after he took it in 2004.
Thanks to some persistent Sprint Cup finishes, including a seventh-place at Pocono — his fifth top 10 of the season and his fourth consecutive finish in the top 15 — Busch now trails 10th place in the standings by just 21 points. Another good finish or two would surely see him in the Chase.
Although this former champion has been in much better circumstances throughout his career, this opportunity at the Chase will be very much welcomed. His persistent bad antics have seen him lose deals in recent years, and having only scored two top-10 finishes with low-budget Phoenix in 2012, Busch will take on anything to rekindle his fire.
Busch is obviously still in his prime at 34 years old as this opportunity also comes from behind the wheel of another low-budget car with Furniture Row Racing.
People didn’t realistically expect much from the Sprint Cup champion this season, and this persistence in notching up the points week in, week out only proves them wrong. Although this skepticism did seem justified early in the season, his back-to-back top-five runs at Bristol and Fontana, followed by five top-15 finishes and a third place at Charlotte have seen Busch’s raw talent shine.
Despite being loathed by many and also making the top 10 on Forbes Most Disliked Athletes list, will the bad boy of NASCAR make good in the second half of the season?
James Harris is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com