Kyle Busch misses NASCAR's Chase for the championship despite fifth-place finish at Richmond

Sep 12, 2009 | Posted by: The New Twenty | Full story: www.fox43.com

NASCAR's bad boy won't have a chance to race for the 2009 championship. Kyle Busch made a strong bid to climb from 14th to 12th in the points race during NASCAR's final event to set the field for its playoff Saturday night, but an equally strong performance by Brian Vickers allowed him to gain the spot by just eight points.

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“'2010'season ”

Since: May 09

Phoenix, Arizona

#1 Sep 12, 2009
Just about made it. Good finish and interview.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#2 Sep 12, 2009
The New Twenty wrote:
Just about made it. Good finish and interview.
"Just about made it". Close as counts in horseshoes, handgrenades and nuclear warfare. At least he had the guts to hang around and give a pretty honest interview. Brian brought his A game and took him a spot in the chase.
MISSU3

Fort Worth, TX

#3 Sep 13, 2009
What he said was very true. Wasn't the 8 points they gave up last night, it was the points they gave up when they had that set of bad finishes. Luck plays as big as part in this sport as talent. He's 10 times better than he was last year and he'll be even better next year. The best is yet to come. AND I got a feeling the 12 guys in the Chase are going to be paying attention to where he's at in the next 10 races. He's going to be doing his best to win every one of those races. Wouldn't that embarrass Brian France!
Barr

Temperance, MI

#4 Sep 13, 2009
He'll probably win more than 1. He has nothing to lose at this point.

Since: Nov 08

Clinton, IL

#5 Sep 13, 2009
MISSU3 wrote:
What he said was very true. Wasn't the 8 points they gave up last night, it was the points they gave up when they had that set of bad finishes. Luck plays as big as part in this sport as talent. He's 10 times better than he was last year and he'll be even better next year. The best is yet to come. AND I got a feeling the 12 guys in the Chase are going to be paying attention to where he's at in the next 10 races. He's going to be doing his best to win every one of those races. Wouldn't that embarrass Brian France!
That was a good interview and he was dead on with his statements. However, I don't think he's better than last year by much. He had it easy, winning, keeping the state of mind of a dominant winner. But when his bubble was burst, he found out what its like to have low morale. Its how he comes back from hard times that make him a champion caliber driver.
I will say he's 10 times better now, because he's learned to mature by having to accept that good cars and good driving do not make you a champion. It takes teams to win races and to recover from losses, both strategically and emotionally. When something bad happens, its championship teams that don't panic; They go into recovery mode and bounce back to take everything that's left for them to get and not lose any more. Look how the 83 car bounced back from a rare incident like losing an axle! That was championship team caliber execution there.
As for the 12 'teams' in the chase, they won't put much focus on anything outside of the other chase drivers. It's the here and now they better be focused on. They have the off season to evaluate threats for the next season. If Kyle is really strong, its nothing new. They've seen what the 18 team looks like when they're on their game but they've also seen that team slip into a downward spiral of awful performances.

If the 18 team is good and stable next season, they may be contenders, but remember the 24 team of 2007, with one of the best seasons in history, it wasn't enough. The 99 team's final races of 2008 - elite performance, wasn't enough. Fact is, it takes excellent teamwork, excellent driving, avoiding bad luck, and slip-ups with bad recoveries by everyone else - that seems to be what gets the win.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#6 Sep 13, 2009
All that needs to happen now to make my year complete, is for Carl Edwards or Brad K. to get hot and take the Nationwide title away from Shrub. It could happen. He screwed the pooch last year in cup in the last 10 races so maybe he'll do it in Nationwide this year.

“New Season,,New champ????”

Since: Apr 08

Seattle, WA

#8 Sep 13, 2009
Kyle most certainly will get the NNS title if not then it is divine intervention. Carl Edwards was the favorite of the analyst at the begining of the year. What happened to him.

“'2010'season ”

Since: May 09

Phoenix, Arizona

#9 Sep 14, 2009
MrMulligan wrote:
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That was a good interview and he was dead on with his statements. However, I don't think he's better than last year by much. He had it easy, winning, keeping the state of mind of a dominant winner. But when his bubble was burst, he found out what its like to have low morale. Its how he comes back from hard times that make him a champion caliber driver.
I will say he's 10 times better now, because he's learned to mature by having to accept that good cars and good driving do not make you a champion. It takes teams to win races and to recover from losses, both strategically and emotionally. When something bad happens, its championship teams that don't panic; They go into recovery mode and bounce back to take everything that's left for them to get and not lose any more. Look how the 83 car bounced back from a rare incident like losing an axle! That was championship team caliber execution there.
As for the 12 'teams' in the chase, they won't put much focus on anything outside of the other chase drivers. It's the here and now they better be focused on. They have the off season to evaluate threats for the next season. If Kyle is really strong, its nothing new. They've seen what the 18 team looks like when they're on their game but they've also seen that team slip into a downward spiral of awful performances.
If the 18 team is good and stable next season, they may be contenders, but remember the 24 team of 2007, with one of the best seasons in history, it wasn't enough. The 99 team's final races of 2008 - elite performance, wasn't enough. Fact is, it takes excellent teamwork, excellent driving, avoiding bad luck, and slip-ups with bad recoveries by everyone else - that seems to be what gets the win.
Good points.
Chap24

Arlington, TX

#10 Sep 14, 2009
Those comments at the beginning of the year are coming back to bite him. Talking all that smack about his brother and saying how he doesn't know what it's like to run up front. He doesn't deserve to make the chase saying things like that about a driver that #1 has a championship to his name #2 made the chase, and #3 is way classier in just about every way. So I have little remorse for Kyle. Once he learns to be humble about his talent, then he will really become a good race car driver. Kyle has some major growing up to do. Nuff said.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#11 Sep 14, 2009
QueenPunk wrote:
<quoted text>
The announcers on ESPN pretty much said it would take divine intervention to take the NW title away from Kyle.
Cousin Carl is only 201 points behind with 8 races left. Now, think about how many points Kyle was out of first place after the first 8 races in the chase last year. Let me answer that for you before the sawdust spontaneously combusts, over twice that number. "Divine intervention", whoever said that, don't go to Vegas with them.

Since: Nov 08

Clinton, IL

#13 Sep 21, 2009
QueenPunk wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, It's gonna be hard for Kyle to boggle and mess up for 8 straight races.
Carl and his busted leg, though :( He's gonna have to bring his A-game. Kyle's quite capable of handling his part. LOL

“New Season,,New champ????”

Since: Apr 08

Seattle, WA

#14 Sep 24, 2009
MrMulligan wrote:
<quoted text>
That was a good interview and he was dead on with his statements. However, I don't think he's better than last year by much. He had it easy, winning, keeping the state of mind of a dominant winner. But when his bubble was burst, he found out what its like to have low morale. Its how he comes back from hard times that make him a champion caliber driver.
I will say he's 10 times better now, because he's learned to mature by having to accept that good cars and good driving do not make you a champion. It takes teams to win races and to recover from losses, both strategically and emotionally. When something bad happens, its championship teams that don't panic; They go into recovery mode and bounce back to take everything that's left for them to get and not lose any more. Look how the 83 car bounced back from a rare incident like losing an axle! That was championship team caliber execution there.
As for the 12 'teams' in the chase, they won't put much focus on anything outside of the other chase drivers. It's the here and now they better be focused on. They have the off season to evaluate threats for the next season. If Kyle is really strong, its nothing new. They've seen what the 18 team looks like when they're on their game but they've also seen that team slip into a downward spiral of awful performances.
If the 18 team is good and stable next season, they may be contenders, but remember the 24 team of 2007, with one of the best seasons in history, it wasn't enough. The 99 team's final races of 2008 - elite performance, wasn't enough. Fact is, it takes excellent teamwork, excellent driving, avoiding bad luck, and slip-ups with bad recoveries by everyone else - that seems to be what gets the win.
If he can combine it all he will be fine. I don't care much for him but he is very skillful.
Christy88

San Antonio, TX

#15 Sep 24, 2009
Kyle Busch is ajoke.
Anonymous

AOL

#16 Sep 24, 2009
Christy88 wrote:
Kyle Busch is ajoke.
So are you!

“lets go matt!!!!!”

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#17 Sep 25, 2009
Christy88 wrote:
Kyle Busch is ajoke.
he issss

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