Gas 'N' Go: Will Kyle Busch Win A Cup Title?

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Will Kyle Busch ever win a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship? Pete Pistone and Dustin Long debate. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Will Kyle Busch ever win a Sprint Cup championship?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

Ever is a pretty long time, especially in the case of a driver as talented as Busch is who is only 29 years old. So I'll answer the question in these terms; the Chicago Cubs will win a World Series before Kyle Busch captures a Sprint Cup championship.

For the record, the Chicago National League ball club hasn't even been to a World Series since 1945 and its last title came way back in 1908. However, there's enough progress and hope for the future with the team that I predict the drought will end in 2018, beating Busch to the championship punch.

Busch's talent is unquestioned. His Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of the best in the Sprint Cup garage. Crew chief Dave Rogers is one of the smartest minds in the sport. But right now none of that adds up to a championship contender. Busch's emotional outbursts have once again gotten the better of him, the most recent example last weekend in Bristol. There is such an undercurrent of frustration and disconnection with the No. 18 team that a change in personnel will no doubt be made in the off-season.

But even then it's still up to Busch to harness his talent and emotion into a concentrated package for success. Given his track record, I'm not sure that can happen and certainly not before the Cubs are hoisting the World Series banner high above Wrigley Field. 

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

Yes, Kyle Busch will be a Sprint Cup champion one day. Good chance he will be a multi-time champion.

For as good as he is, Busch has not reached his prime - often believed to be in the early- to mid-30s. By the time he reaches age 35, there’s a good chance Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson will have retired or be near that point and might not be as competitive.

Yes, there’s a good group of young drivers from Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon, among others, who should challenge Busch through the years. Even so, Busch’s talent compares favorably.

Also, the notion that a driver can’t win the title if they’re prone to outburst is laughable. Tony Stewart won two of his three titles while on NASCAR probation. Kurt Busch is a champion. There’s no doubt that Kyle Busch’s mentality has held him back at time, but he will grow and become a better driver in the coming years. And a champion - before the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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