Busch stands above all others at season’s midpoint

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June 7, 2019 - 4:44 PM

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch relaxes in the garage following practice at Daytona International Speedway in 2015. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/JEFF SINER/TNS

We are now more than halfway through the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and the leaderboard is beginning to crystallize. We know which drivers are good week in and week out, and we know which drivers might already have seen their best shot at winning evaporate.

So with that said, let’s hand out some midseason superlatives. Not every contender makes this list, nor does every also-ran, but here are the moments and people who have defined the first half of the 2019 season:

Best Driver: This one’s fairly easy, right? Several drivers have picked up wins, but one of them leads the pack. More than just his season-high four victories, he finished second in the Daytona 500 and has three third-place finishes. He’s the best driver on the best team in the Cup Series, and he’s well-positioned to make his fifth consecutive championship race. Of all the choices to make on this list, this is the easiest. Winner: Kyle Busch

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