Kyle Busch would take a winless Chase if it pays off with a championship.
At 28, Busch is on a mission to win the Cup championship that would truly stamp him as one of the sport’s greats.
He already has a résumé few in the garage can match. Busch wins races in all three national NASCAR series like no other driver, including a whopping 18 this season.
But all those checkered flags haven’t helped him win a championship.
Busch has finished higher than 10th only once in the past five seasons and he’s never been better than fifth (2007) in the final standings. He lost out to Jeff Gordon for the final Chase spot last season at Richmond.
Busch has put those past disappointments behind him with a sizzling start to this season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Busch is 2 for 2 in runner-up finishes at Chicagoland in the opener and last week at New Hampshire.
While Busch said he doesn’t pay attention to the standings, he knows his pair of seconds is good enough to put him in second place.
Problem is, the driver in front of him – Matt Kenseth – hasn’t been in the mood to lose, winning both races so far.
STEPPING AWAY: Izod will end its deal as title sponsor of the IndyCar Series at the end of the season.
Izod signed on as the official apparel provider of IndyCar in 2008 and increased its involvement to series entitlement holder in 2010.
Izod said in a statement Friday the company is shifting its product focus and must adjust its marketing spend as well.
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said as IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway combine their commercial functions, they will be better positioned to aggressively pursue new partners.