|No one better in NASCAR history at Texas than Jimmie Johnson.|
Las Vegan Kyle Busch was the first driver to punch his ticket into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19 after winning at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, the first of three races in the Round of 8. Now he can simply relax the next two races at Texas and Phoenix.
“I think the biggest thing we can do is to allow ourselves to look at the next two weeks and try to keep on winning and allowing the anxiety level of these guys to keep amplifying each and every stage and each and every race and to keep them on their toes as to whether they are going to advance or not," said Busch.
Anxiety? I love it. Kyle Busch is trying to mentally impair his opponents to a state of exhaustion by the time Homestead comes along. Jedi mind tricks by hogging trophies down the stretch.
"If they all have to race for points and race for positions, that’s just going to make it harder for them," Busch continued. "Anytime anyone automatically punches their ticket through, that gives them a breather and an opportunity to work on Homestead and what you need to focus on for that race. We’ll just keep racing hard and try and keep winning the next two weeks even though the pressure is off and see what we can do at Homestead.”
Three spots are still available and the other seven eligible drivers can punch their own ticket into the Championship 4 by winning at Texas on Sunday or Phoenix next week. It's likely that one of the Round of 8 drivers will win both of those races, so the final spot or two will have to point themselves in.
Here's a look at how the standings are heading into Texas:
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