Consider Kurt Busch the best of the rest.
Busch’s 2018 results have him fourth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings. He sits behind point leader and younger brother Kyle Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and seven-time 2018 race winner Kevin Harvick and reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. — otherwise known as the “Big 3.”
But Busch is quietly knocking on the door as he and the No.41 team continue to rack up top-10 finishes.
Sunday afternoon, Busch finished sixth at Michigan International Speedway. The result followed his third-place effort at the track earlier this summer, and it was his 14th top-10 finish of the season.
“Is this Groundhog Day? Is it déjà vu?” Busch said afterward. “We’re running so strong, not making mistakes and chiseling away. That is why we are fourth in points, consistency. Anytime I get to the back bumper of the 4 [Harvick], 18 [Kyle Busch] or 78 [Truex] they inch away from us.
“We’re sliding both ends of our car. We’re so close. We’ll find our day. We have good rhythm; we just can’t steer too far away from this rhythm.”
Sunday was Busch’s fifth consecutive finish of ninth or better. And although he has two poles and over 400 laps led, Busch is still seeking his first win since the Daytona 500 in February 2017.