Kyle Busch: For Every Problem, There’s an Opportunity
In the face of bitter disappointment, one might be able to take comfort in the old saying, “For every problem there is an opportunity.”
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Doublemint® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is certainly disappointed since he now faces the next 10-race stretch of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule without being part of the 12-driver Chase for the Championship. Even tougher to take is the fact he and the Doublemint team missed the Chase by a mere three points after a disappointing 16th-place finish in last Saturday night’s 26th and final race of Sprint Cup’s regular season at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
But, for their part, Busch, crew chief Dave Rogers and the entire No. 18 team have decided that, despite not making the Chase, there are three key opportunities that lie ahead before the checkered flag waves at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It all starts with Sunday’s Geico 400 Sprint Cup event at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
With the pressure of competing in the Chase off their shoulders, Busch and Rogers will first focus on something former JGR teammate Tony Stewart accomplished after he just missed the Chase in 2006. Stewart and the No. 20 team for JGR brought home three wins to go along with five top-five finishes over the final 10 races.
Secondly, Busch & Company will do its part to provide as much information as possible to help teammate Denny Hamlin and his crew chief, Darian Grubb, and the entire No. 11 team for JGR in their bid for the championship. That’s what good teammates do.
Finally, Busch, the Las Vegas native, will hope to not only glean as much information as possible for his compatriots on the No. 11 squad, but also gain some ever-important momentum to carry into the 2013 season and their next opportunity to win a championship.
While his chance for a championship has ended for 2012, it doesn’t mean Busch won’t be focused on something he loves to do more than anything else – winning. Getting himself and the No. 18 team to victory lane is certainly where he feels they belong, starting Sunday at Chicagoland.
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