HUNTERSVILLE – Kyle Busch has been NASCAR’s most consistent driver this year. Doesn’t matter which series or track he’s taken on, his name is amazingly among the frontrunners almost every week.

Last weekend, Busch, who drives for Huntersville-based Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon drew the Sprint Cup attention with his NASCAR-record fifth career win at the Brickyard, but Busch wasn’t far behind.

He has three second-place finishes in the past four Sprint Cup races. Sure, an element of that is agonizing because it’s so close to winning. But he’s usually ahead of about 40 of his competitors every race.

In the Nationwide series, Busch has started 15 times and finished in the top four 14 times. He’s perfect in the Camping World Truck Series this season – five wins in five starts.

Busch was edged by Brad Keselowski in June at Kentucky and two weeks ago at New Hampshire. While Busch fans may lament his narrow losses in Sprint Cup, he climbed two spots in the points standings last week and is in sixth place.

 

Chasing the leader

HUNTERSVILLE – If history holds, the Sprint Cup race Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) could look a lot like last week’s, where Gordon celebrated.

The veteran driver, who leads the drivers points standings, has raced 43 times at Pocono, with six victories, 19 top-five finishes and 30 top-10’s.

 

 

NASCAR Tech wins award

MOORESVILLE – The NASCAR Technical Institute – often called “NASCAR Tech” – was awarded the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges School of Excellence Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

The NASCAR Technical Institute joined 22 schools in receiving the prestigious award this year and will be recognized as recipients of ACCSC’s highest honor at the 2014 Professional Development Conference on Sept. 17 in Denver, Co.

The School of Excellence Award recognizes ACCSC-accredited schools for their commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as the efforts made by the institution to maintain strong student outcomes. 

 

Logano preps for Chase

HUNTERSVILLE – Joey Logano has been piling up top-10 finishes the past two months in the Sprint Cup series.

The Huntersville resident, who drives for Mooresville-based Team Penske, has been in the top 10 in 10 of his past 11 starts. He's won twice.

 

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RACER RANKINGS

We rank Herald Weekly-area drivers in the racing world:

1. Kyle Busch – His phenomenal season rolls on, with second-place finishes last week at Indianapolis in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide events.

2. Matt Kenseth – Stayed in contention all weekend in Indianapolis with solid finishes in the Nationwide (third place) and Sprint Cup (fourth place) races.

3. Denny Hamlin – A strong third-place finish in the Sprint Cup race (his second in three weeks). Having a consistent second half of the season.

4. Joey Logano – Another dual-success driver at Indy last weekend. Finished fifth in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races.

5. Darrell Wallace Jr. – Notched his second victory of the season in the Camping World Truck Series last week. Second-year driver is sixth in the driver points race.