NASCAR’s most recent winner is well-versed in the fine art of riding off into the sunset after seeing both Broncos quarterbacks famously win their second and final Super Bowls in their last season slinging the pigskin.
Busch, 40, is racing on a one-year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion sits seventh in points standings coming off a thriller of a victory at Kentucky Speedway. With a handful of weeks left before the NASCAR Playoffs, he may be Chevrolet’s best bet for a title in 2019.
Though he has been just a hair below the elite class of the field this season – such as Joe Gibbs Racing’s studs and the pair of former champs at Team Penske – the very nature of NASCAR’s playoff system allows the realistic possibility Busch could grit his way into racing for a title for the first time under this format at Homestead-Miami Speedway this fall.
And then it comes down to just three drivers separating him from eternal stock-car glory … and potentially joining his gridiron heroes among the few-and-far-between to win and walk off for good.
“It’s always hard to play ‘what if;’ I don’t want to put too much ahead of it and it would be the ultimate scenario, right?,” Busch said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). ” … I’ve got a lot of boxes checked off. Even last year, to get my first-ever superspeedway pole at Talladega (Superspeedway), last October; not a lot of guys would put much emphasis in that category, but it’s like all right. Now I have a pole on short tracks, road courses, intermediates, and finally a superspeedway pole.”
Through a career that spans nearly two full decades, most of those boxes are checked, re-checked and checked again once more for good measure.