Busch Bullish On 2003

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No one can argue the fact that Kurt Busch was the hottest driver on the Winston Cup circuit over the final 5 weeks of the season. I mean, how do you argue with five straight top five’s and three of those were wins. In the final seven races, Busch finished no worse than 12th. He also captured third place in the point standings and is one of only a few drivers who can win the 2003 championship.

If Busch had a better month of August, it’s conceivable that he could have challenged Tony Stewart for this year’s crown. Finishing 41st twice and 39th in three of the four August races, Busch took a serious hit in points that month.

But after posting a sixth place finish at his sponsor’s race at Bristol, Busch did not have another DNF (Did Not Finish) for the rest of the season.

“It was a great lesson learned” said Busch. To finish last three times in a row, anybody could have got down… everybody could have started having a little chatter box. I think we all pulled together stronger as a team. There was no one big turnaround from that month of August, it was just a gradual swing - somebody swinging that big pick ax and here we are …with all that momentum rolling into next year.”

By winning the pole at Homestead, Busch and his team are again eligible for the Bud Shootout, which is just a few short weeks away in Daytona. With four wins on the season, Busch is also eligible for The Winston All Star race in May at Charlotte. "It's great when you have an awesome run like we had” said Busch. “But it's even better when your teammates finish in the top 10 as well. It goes to show that working together throughout the year pays off for everyone.”

It was a major move for Busch, who finished 27th in point standings last season as a rookie to this years third place finish. Team owner Jack Roush only needed to see Busch run one single year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series before promoting the 23 year old to Winston Cup.

“Kurt came to us in 1999” said Roush. “And we took one look at what Kurt’s potential was and his work ethic and communicative instinct - how well he understood the car, and I made the decision that we’d recommend to a sponsor that we move Kurt around the Busch program and go directly to Winston Cup.
Busch is also NASCAR’s youngest touring champion, earning the Featherlite Southwest Series title two months after turning 21. Might he be the next Winston Cup champion?

Winter testing begins very soon for Busch and his competitors and even though it’s the “off season,” there is much work to be done. “We’ll continue striving forward” said Busch. ”I’ve got many years in front of me. I think I’ve got time on my side, so to speak. We’re for surely gonna go after it next year, don’t get me wrong.” For Busch, that list of competitors will be stout. Tony Stewart will have desire to repeat as champion. Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman will be sophomores with more to prove and never count out 4-time champ, Jeff Gordon for a fifth one. This ‘short-list’, if you will, will produce the next Winston Cup Champion. So if Kurt Busch is to be that champion, he’ll need a near perfect season. Busch summed it up this way. “So as things progress and things develop, the third year is ahead of us and to say that if we don’t win a championship, it won’t be a disappointment.”

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