Kyle Busch continues his hot streak as he won the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday afternoon. This is Busch’s third consecutive victory in a row and it his fourth victory in his last five races.
Busch is now tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four victories and as amazing a run Busch has been on, he currently finds himself just outside the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff hunt.
According to NASCAR, Busch is unofficially 23 points behind 30th-place. Busch still has to get into the top 30 in overall points to become Chase eligible and he looks like he will have no problem doing that, as Busch has gained 150 points on 30th place in just the last five races alone.
If Busch can make up those last 23 points before the Chase for the Sprint Cup starts, he will enter the chase as one of the leaders in point for earning all the bonus points for his victories.
As hot as Busch has been, Jeff Gordon has struggled all season and still finds himself without a win in 2015. Gordon wrecked on lap 50 trying to avoid Clint Bowyer as he finished in 42nd place. Gordon currently sits 12th place in points but once Busch cracks the top 30 in points, Gordon will slide to 13th (without a win) just 17 points ahead of the 16th place cut-off for the chase.
It was a great weekend for Kyle Busch as he also won the Xfinity race on Saturday as well. His win on Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series capped off the series sweep at the Brickyard for Busch.
Next on the NASCAR schedule is a date at the tricky triangle at Pocono Raceway. Another win for Busch would almost lock him into the top 30 in points. Either way, next Sunday should make for an interesting race as the pressure to make the chase increases as their are only six races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.
Watch: Kyle Busch hold off Joey Logano to win the Brickyard 400