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Championship Not a Done Deal For Busch

Posted by Keith Murray on September 15, 2008

For those of you that have been saying that this championship is in the bag for Kyle because of his domination early in the season, this is where I insert my big “I told ya so.” I have been screaming from the rooftops that the first 26 races will not determine a champion in NASCAR. For anyone that thinks it does and was screaming the accolades of one former Hendrick driver, you should learn from history. And you don’t even have to look that far. Just look at last year.

Jeff Gordon scored a record 30 top ten finishes last year. That is amazing. Yet, he still lost the championship because of the new format. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have shown that they understand and can win in the new format. They lost a couple of close championship fights  in 2004 and 2005 and came back to win it alll back to back. And now they are firmly on the their way to a three-peat.

But you Johnson fans better not ignore the talent and grit of Carl Edwards. He is very talented and has had the momentum train rolling a few weeks longer than the 48 team has. They are very capable of winning this thing. In my opinion, it is going to be one of those two unless someone pulls off something drastic, i.e. Jimmie Johnson of 2007.

Forget about the first 26 races – they are totally irrelevant now. The two hot teams that have to be stopped are the 99 and the 48. For the other teams out there, the task ahead is daunting. It’s not impossible, but to do it, someone is going to have to pull a Jimmie Johnson against Jimmie Johnson and rattle off 3 to 4 wins to knock the 99 or 48 out of contention. And both of those guys run strong at the Monster Mile. This thing is just getting heated up!


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