NASCAR Notebook: Kyle Busch says Johnson in a league of his own
By: By Reid Spencer, Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service, Superior Telegram
CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch isn't reluctant to give credit where it's due—even if it's to a driver he's trying to beat.
With Busch discounting his chances for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship after blowing an engine last Sunday at Fontana, Calif. (he's 187 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson), the driver of the No. 18 Toyota was asked whether he was adjusting his goals to try to win each of the last six races.
The most prolific winner in the last three years across NASCAR's top three series gave a surprising answer.
"I would love to do that," Busch said. "I'll tell you what, though—the only guy that's capable of doing that is the 48 car (Johnson). Week in and week out they are the guys that can go out to every single racetrack and legitimately have a shot to win.
"If you look at us, we're legitimately a shot for the top 10. We could hit a top five or so, but we're not running second, third, fourth, fifth the whole race and then at the end, circumstances go right and we win the race. That's what the 48 car does every single week. He's in the top five from the drop of the green flag until the checkered flag and if he can win it, he'll win it.
"I don't see anybody else that's even in that league."
NO SURRENDER FOR BURTON
Though he's eighth in the standings and 177 points behind Johnson, Jeff Burton isn't ready to give up on the championship.
"We haven't run the white flag up just yet," Burton said. "We're certainly not in a position that we want to be in. We're certainly not in a position that I thought we would be in, but we're in the position that we are in.
"For there to be a great comeback, at some point you have to be behind, and that's where we are right now. Our focus is on trying to mount the comeback—without the faith you can do it, it never happens. Certainly, the odds are against us, but our focus is on still trying to go out and perform so we can win the championship."
DILLON TO RUN FOR ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ty Dillon, 18, grandson of car owner Richard Childress, will race for the ARCA Racing Series championship next season under sponsorship from the University of Northwestern Ohio, whose College of Technologies offers unique curricula for those interested in careers in professional motorsports competition.
Dillon won the two most recent ARCA Series races. His brother, Austin Dillon, 20, has two victories and five poles in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series this year.