Similarities & Superstitions: why Busch and Jones win Sunday

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Similarities & Superstitions: why Busch and Jones win Sunday

Postby Bryce Turner » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:01 pm

With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series championship races in the books, there are some similarities worth pointing out.

While I'm not generally a superstitious person, there are some signs pointing me towards predicting Kyle Busch to win Sunday's Cup Series title, and perhaps a more surprising pick in Erik Jones winning the race.

First, let's start with Busch.

On Friday night, his Truck Series team Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) brought home its second drivers title with Christopher Bell and the #4 truck.

In 2015, KBM won its first drivers title with Erik Jones in the #4 truck, the same year that Busch won his first Cup title as a driver.

Not convinced with that comparison? How about a pattern. William Byron won Saturday's Xfinity championship. The champions so far this weekend: Bell and Byron. The one driver in title contention Sunday who has a last name starting with "B": Kyle Busch.

Now for Jones.

Chase Briscoe won Friday's Trucks race, while Cole Custer won Saturday's Xfinity competition.

Briscoe's win is his first in the series, coming at the end of his rookie season, and for a Brad Keselowski Racing team that is shutting down at years end.

Custer's win is his first in the series, coming at the end of his rookie season, and at the end of Stewart-Haas Racing's first year in Xfinity.

So you have two rookies winning their first races, one for a team in its last season, the other for a team in its first.

Jones is currently in his rookie season in Cup, still searching for career victory number one, and is driving the #77 for Furniture Row Racing (FRR).

The #77 is a second car for FRR that is in its first season. With no sponsorship, FRR says they will not run the #77 full-time next year.

So, the team is in both its first, and possibly its last season.

Now to connect both Busch and Jones.

As mentioned, Jones won the 2015 Trucks title for Busch, who gave Jones his first NASCAR start after being beat by the young driver in the 2012 Snowball Derby, a late model race in Florida.

And where is Jones going after this year?

He replaces Matt Kenseth in the Joe Gibbs Racing #20, the same team as Busch, who drives the #18.

Convinced? With these similarities and superstitions, I predict Busch to win the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, and Jones to win the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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