Kyle Busch's brilliance, bravado on display in historic win at Bristol
Well, that he may be. Evidence is mounting. And Keselowski certainly had the right to such an opinion after Busch spun him for the lead in the final moments of a Nationwide Series race at the .533-mile track on Friday before motoring off to victory. But Busch is also an incredible race car driver, a winner of 19 Sprint Cup races, 40 in the Nationwide Series (and a championship in 2009) and 19 in Trucks in just seven full-time seasons at NASCAR's elite levels.
On Saturday night, Busch became a historic a - -, dominating the fabled Bristol night race to become the first driver to win races in all three of NASCAR's top three series in the same week.
"We are in the presence of greatness," spotter
That may be too. Evidence is mounting.
But even in a race uneventful by the mythic standards of the Bristol bullring, Busch was able to inspire frenzy -- read: distaste -- out of reach for his counterparts. He rubbed his eyes in mock sympathy celebrating the Nationwide win and bowed with the checkered flag to a throng of finger-wagging detractors on Saturday night. Busch's face spoke of relief as he described his feelings in Victory Lane, but he was still able to conjure the swagger that makes him one of the sport's most interesting and important personalities at a time NASCAR is so trying to promote them.
"I feel like to me I've been in this position since the upstart of my career, since I was 16, and it hasn't changed, and I don't foresee it changing any time soon," he said of his ability to stoke emotions in fans. "We've asked this question about 50 million times and I'll probably get it 25 million more times. You know, you just deal with it, man. You just go out there and do what you can."
Oh, and his thoughts on Keselowski's shout out?
Q. What was your thought about Keselowski's little pre race declaration?
KYLE BUSCH: Who?
Q. Brad Keselowski.
KB: Yeah, I don't know who you're talking about.
Q. OK. He drives the No. 12 car.
KB: I saw it. But I passed it.
"I thought I left him enough room," he said. "All of a sudden I got hooked with force."
"Our cars are running well and a 100 points is a lot," said the Richard Childress Racing driver. "It's a lot more than 35 and he did a good job tonight and he drove a good race, his car was good and I expect they will be, but Mark Martin and
Vickers announced following his release from the hospital this spring that he would not race again this year, and his eventual return seemed dubious considering the regimen of blood thinners he was required to ingest to offset the possibility of stroke. But he said on Saturday that he had received medical clearance from his physicians to resume his career in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota next season, good news, if eventually true, for him, but possibly not for teammate
Vickers, who is scheduled to take blood-thinners until January, said there was never an inner debate over undergoing heart surgery or risking a stroke.
"No way we're going to be able to win this championship if we don't know how to adjust the air pressure from loose to tight," he barked over team radio.
Harvick recovered from as far behind as 35th to finish 14th, and his points lead -- which will be nullified in three weeks when the standings are seeded by bonus points -- remained at a weighty 279 points. Harvick had top-10s in visits to each of the next four tracks -- Atlanta, Richmond, Loudon, Dover -- earlier this season, so the fix could be imminent. Or he might be about to get very angry.