LOUDON, NH - JULY 19:   Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, applies the winner's decal to his car after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 19, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyle Busch

NASCAR is Not Going to Give Kyle Busch a Pass on the Top 30 Rule

Kyle Bush has now won three of the last four NASCAR races after coming back from an injury in the Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR gave Busch a waiver to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup without starting every race leading up to the Chase. He still has to make it up to the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase after winning a race.  NASCAR will not waive the top 30 point rule!

Why should NASCAR waive this rule? They shouldn’t! Kyle Busch is showing that he is Chase worthy all on his own.  Think about it. Only Jimmie Johnson has more wins than Busch this season with four.  Kyle Busch is making a huge statement.  He is saying, I’m back and I’m worthy.

NASCAR cannot waive this rule because the old time fans, those who already hate the Chase, will be even more disenfranchised. These fans think that a championship needs to be won by racing all the races and scoring top finishes.  They are not wrong but there should be a balance between racing at all cost and racing to win. That is what the Chase is all about. Kyle racing like he is just shows what that thinking is all about.

Kyle Busch is doing everything possible to make his Championship run this year worthy for the fans and NASCAR should be very happy. He is 58 points behind 30th well within striking distance of making the top 30 in points. It’s going to happen!

I don’t think any of us would have. This is such an awesome win and such an awesome comeback. I just can’t say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, the work that they’ve put in. Our cars are a lot better than what they were last year. It’s so much fun to win these races and to win with this group of guys – Adam Stevens (crew chief) and this bunch, all my pit crew since 2008, they deserve all this.”  Kyle Busch added. “Can’t say enough about Interstate Batteries – Happy Birthday Norm Miller – and M&M’s Crispy, Toyota, Sprint. This Camry was awesome today. Of course the fans, this is a crazy sport and you never know how it’s always going to turn out, but that coming to pit road I thought I had a tire going down and there was oil on the track. Luckily I got back to the lead lap before the yellow came out, but that saved us right there.

If Kyle Busch should not get into the top 30 he should be very proud of his season this year in the Sprint Cup Series. If he should then the other competitors need to watch out. He is a changed man and on a mission for a championship.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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5 thoughts on “NASCAR is Not Going to Give Kyle Busch a Pass on the Top 30 Rule”

  1. Of course NASCAR will waive the rule. There is a lot of money at stake. Money trumps everything. It has nothing to do with sportsmanship or ability. The sponsors want to see Busch in the Chase. Same as when they let Jeff Gordon in. If Busch wins the “championship” he will be the Corporate Champion. All hail the mighty dollar!

  2. Looks like the rule got waived yesterday when NA$CAR ignored the oil
    warnings until the 18 passed the leader. If you listen, all the hype is
    about Kyle and his chase points. Good PR for WRASCAR.

  3. If Kyle gets in it’s because he raced his way in. Jeffie whined his way in with help from Brians friend Hendrick.

  4. Really, he raced his way in. He did not race in 11 races he should not even be allowed in the chase. The rules state you must qualify for all the races. Nascar bent the rules for him and Toyota. so he did not race his way in.

  5. Kyle Busch making the Chase is more rigged than a back alley dice game! Mars has way too much money invested in Nascar for them not to make the Chase.

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