Streaks on the line

The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, both have significant streaks in danger of ending this year. (Getty Images)
The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, both have significant streaks in danger of ending this year. (Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, both have significant streaks in danger of ending this year.

From 2002 through 2011, Kurt won at least one race per year in the Sprint Cup Series. So far this year, in the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by James Finch, Busch has a best finish of third at Sonoma. He’ll race for Finch Sunday at Talladega before starting his tenure at Furniture Row Racing Oct. 13 at Charlotte.

Kyle’s eight-year winning streak in the Nationwide Series likewise is in jeopardy. Driving for his own team for the first time this year, and sharing Nationwide duties with Kurt, Kyle is winless in 17 starts. Kurt has the only Nationwide victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports, having triumphed at Richmond in April.

In four years of Nationwide competition for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 through 2011, Kyle accumulated 40 of his series-record 51 wins, with a high-water mark of 13 in 2010. The Nationwide Series has this week off but will run companion events with the final five Chase races, starting Oct. 12 at Charlotte.

In JGR’s No. 18 Cup car, Kyle extended his Cup consecutive-season winning streak to eight with a victory at Richmond the day after Kurt won the Nationwide race there.

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