It is a crystal clear fact that winning one race is a challenge, then winning two in a row is an even bigger challenge. However, going through three races and achieving three victories is the mark of only the best.
Individuals like Harry Gant, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have done this in their careers.
But, having two drivers do it within the first 25 percent of a season is almost unheard of. It can happen, and this weekend, it did.
Against all odds, with a low starting position, Kyle Busch worked his way up through the field, and found his way to the lead.
Had it not been for a long pit stop by a fellow competitor, the finish could have been much different. Instead, the candy man made it a point to ensure that two drivers could achieve a trifecta in the season. Kevin Harvick did it in four races, and now the man named “Rowdy” can do it as well. Can he do what Harvick couldn’t, and make it four wins in a row? That will be determined in a week’s time.
What Busch’s win did on Sunday was also give three participants yet another win on the season. Up at the top, the lead is shrinking, but nothing is guaranteed thus far this season. Here’s the newly updated standings after the Toyota Owners 400:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 389 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (3) 17
Rob Tiongson – 372 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 10
Ashley Hobbs – 361 – Kyle Busch WON (4) 21
Billy Fellin – 303 – Kyle Busch WON (3) 17
Misan Akuya – 288 – Erik Jones finished 13th (3) 17
Rob Blount – 285 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th (1) 5
Ashley Hull – 273 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (2) 12
Penny Whitecotton – 272 – Kevin Harvick finished 5th (3) 11
Trisha Rodisch – 269 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (2) 9
Dustin Parks – 269 – Joey Logano finished 4th (0) 2
Klarissa Mitchell – 118 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0
Next Race: The quest to achieve four in a row is always a challenge. It can be done, but trying to do so is the ultimate undertaking. Ask Jimmie Johnson, or Jeff Gordon, as both accomplished it in their careers, but did so in a much different era. In today’s era, with so much talent, it will be difficult to do so.
Add in what is the biggest factor this time in doing so, and it is beyond an ultimate undertaking.
The next race on the schedule takes a lot of the driving element away, and adds in relying on momentum, timing, and trust. It adds on a plate, and the draft. Multiply the risks, and add in more chaos, and the answer one gets is the most unpredictable track on the circuit.
It is a trip down south to the beast of a facility that is Talladega, and everything changes when the cars hit this track.
Participants, it’s time to gamble once again. Picks are due by Thursday, April 26, at 10 p.m. ET for the GEICO 500.