Thought you’d take Kyle Busch out of the running for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, eh, Kyle’s early season leg injury? Yeah, well, screw you. Kyle has been driving like a man out to salvage his shortened season, grabbing his second win in only seven races tonight.

Busch suffered his season-shortening leg injury after hitting an infield wall at Daytona during an Xfinity Series race that happened before the Sprint Cup’s first points race there could even happen. Thus, he was sidelined for not only the Daytona 500, but for every race up until the Coca-Cola 600, in late May.

Despite missing 11 events, NASCAR still deemed him eligible to participate in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR granted him a waiver on their requirement that drivers seeking entry into their playoff-style Chase participate in every season points race. To make it in, Busch needs a win and needs to make it in the top thirty in the points standings. He’s already got one win, and this second win will move him up to 35th in the standings, a mere 87 points behind 30th-place driver Cole Whitt.

With eight races to go before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, cracking the top 30 seems downright doable for Kyle Busch.

I can only imagine the kinds of things he’d like to say to that leg injury right now...

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“Whoohooooooo! SCREW YOU, LEG INJURY!”

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“I’m gonna do so many donuts that you can’t even see my car anymore. You like that, leg injury? Well, you’re gonna take it, and like it.”

“Who’s your daddy, leg? Unf.”

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“Look at me climbing on this car. Yes. Climbing. HAHAHAHAHAHA.”

Well, at least that’s what I’d say to a leg injury that’s not holding me back, anyway. Something classy along the lines of “eat my shorts.”

Tonight saw the debut of a new lower-downforce rules package for the cars, which made things interesting. For now, the package is intended for intermediate tracks at lengths that aren’t quite the long superspeedways like Daytona, but aren’t exactly short, either. Drivers were complaining about cars’ handling all throughout the race, and the packs that formed weren’t nearly as huge and tight as they are at, say, Daytona. The drivers who could drive the squirrely cars well went to the front, and those who didn’t struggled all night.

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“So far, so good! I like the new aero package,” Kyle Busch said in Victory Lane, as quoted by Fox Sports. “Obviously.”

A car had to be set up well to be driven well, too. Joe Gibbs Racing appears to have nailed the handling on their cars under the new rules. Busch won it for the team, and Joe Gibbs’ drivers Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Photo credits: Getty Images


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