This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.
Kyle Busch overcame a poor qualifying effort and starting from the rear of the field to score a crucial win in the championship battle Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. The former champion suffered some damage during his qualifying run, which the team elected to fix prior to the race. That resulted in a trip to the back of the field for the start, which he quickly overcame to join the top runners. Throughout the race he battled every one of the top championship contenders and came out on top. That could be an omen for the rest of the field as they focus on the championship battle at Homestead.
This week the series will stage its first playoff race on a road course. Not only is it a first for that fact, but it will be the first race on the Charlotte course, too. Add to the mix that this is the last race in the battle to make the round of 12, and you have the ingredients for what should be one of the most intense, exciting, and unpredictable races of the season. Only Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski can truly enter the weekend pressure-free after securing their spots in the next round, and the pressure is on for everyone else looking to join them.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch booked his entry to the next round of the playoffs by moving from the back to the front to win ahead of Kevin Harvick in Saturday night's Federated