This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.
Kyle Busch overcame first-lap contact and damage to charge to the front, capitalizing on track position, to hold off older brother Kurt to grab his eighth Bristol Motor Speedway win and third victory of the season. No driver has the raw pace that Busch has shown in recent weeks, which is a warning shot to the rest of the field hoping to beat the team for the season championship. While the Penske Racing Fords continue to be the fastest machines on track, they cannot hold back the sheer will of Busch wrestling his car to the front. With contenders like Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. still floundering as they try to fix their ailments, the path looks clear for Busch to continue racking up victories en route to the summer stretch and ultimately the championship playoffs.
This week the series takes on another short track in Richmond Raceway. The race will be the first night race of the season and the third on a short track. Brad Keselowski and Busch have taken the two short-track wins on offer so far, but it was Kyle Busch that swept the two Richmond races last season. This week's event is also the last before a valuable week off where teams can take a breath and assess what work needs to be done in order to knock Busch off the throne when the schedule resumes.
Kyle Busch – Not much can keep Busch down. A first-lap crash that caved in his back