Following his dominant display this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he swept both poles and both wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series, Kyle Busch doesn’t have much left to conquer at the hallowed “Brickyard.”
Except, maybe, we can dream, one day, of him running that 500-miler around IMS in May.
His brother, Kurt, did it to national acclaim and a heck of a lot of headlines in 2014 – Kurt Busch finished sixth and was that year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie-of-the-Year for Andretti Autosport before jetting to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.
But while Kyle Busch’s name has been brought up in rumors about running the Indianapolis 500 before, he didn’t seem entirely interested in running the ‘500 just because his brother did.
“Well, I won’t be following in his footsteps. I’ll be doing my own footsteps,” Kyle Busch told reporters during his post-victory press conference.
“It certainly may open up some avenues. I’m not sure. But there’s some people out there that have expressed some interest to me, so we’ll see where things kind of go.
“But obviously my focus is on the Sprint Cup Series and what I’m doing here, and being able to win races with M&M’s and Skittles, Interstate Batteries and NOS Energy Drink on the XFINITY side, too.
“So I’m having fun with what I’m doing right now, and we’ll see if something is able to line up then there’s a possibility, but I probably wouldn’t put too good a chances on that.”
However, that doesn’t mean we should rule it out entirely.
NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan spoke to Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief, Adam Stevens, who tossed out an intriguing idea of his own – a “crew chief” double after Busch’s Brickyard win.
“I would like to do the crew chief ‘Double,’ ” Stevens told NBC Sports. “Is there such a thing? That’s great. If he wants to do that, I’m all for it.”
Busch has enjoyed a period of NASCAR dominance, and he’s right in that he isn’t following in brother Kurt’s footsteps.
Kurt’s stretched his legs with runs in IndyCar, a Champ Car test, a GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype, an NHRA Pro Stock car and an Australian V8 Supercar test over his career.
In his career, Kyle Busch has stuck almost exclusively to NASCAR – and made a living of cleaning up the competition in the process.
Both are among the most talented drivers of their generation, and since Kurt Busch did so well in his maiden Indianapolis 500 bow, we can only dream how well Kyle Busch could do if the stars aligned to ever make it happen.