Maybe this was just Busch's destiny. Get this: If Joey Logano doesn't turn Matt Kenseth at Kansas Speedway in early October, Busch likely doesn't advance to the third round of the Chase as Kenseth would have earned a spot with the win and Busch would have missed the cut by one spot in the standings.
That destiny came from growing up in a racing family, and he joined brother Kurt Busch as a series champion, only the second set of brothers (Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte) to win a title. Kyle Busch's championship also marked the first Cup crown for Toyota.
That family upbringing also might have contributed to that feeling of always having to race for his job. He said Sunday his family money got him to the second level of the racing ladder before he had to earn rides with talent.
"I have driven somebody else's car since I was 16 years old," Busch said. "It's pretty amazing that I've been able to make those ways through the racing ranks and here to today."