NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kyle Busch still justifiably pleased with 2008 performance

Kyle Busch has fallen from first to last after the first two races of the Chase. But the youngster still regards this as a great season, no matter where he finishes.

"We weren't supposed to be in the position we've been in to win the championship," said Busch, who has won eight Cup races, eight Nationwide events, heading into Saturday's race, and three truck races this season. "This was supposed to be a building year, the learning year."

Asked what he will look back on in 2008, Busch said: "The eight wins and the places that they came at - being all ... different racetracks. The overall success of the year - being able to win 19 races overall."

Busch's Cup struggles continued in the first two days on the Kansas track, where he finished 41st last year with Hendrick Motorsports. He qualified 27th on Friday and fell to 31st in the second of two practices Saturday.

The, he got nailed in Saturday's Nationwide Series race and finished 35th.