Forget the fact that Kyle Busch made the most of NASCAR's weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, sweeping the top three national series' races. Seriously, that's probably something he's done effortlessly in video games or his mind several times.
All jokes aside, it was quite an impressive accomplishment, but consider the following that happened over the past four days:
Regardless of Jimmie Johnson's four consecutive Sprint Cup titles or how Kevin Harvick's rejuvenated his Sprint Cup career as many times as Nicolas Cage getting a haircut in the past decade, mark these words: Busch is a true Sprint Cup title contender, prime to be the first to hoist the trophy should the No. 48 team fail to capitalize on a history breaking fifth straight championship.
While the 2009 season will forever be known as a lost opportunity for one of racing's most dynamic drivers, this year has been one of redemption and justification for the Joe Gibbs Racing ace, displaying his versatility behind the wheel of just about any car.
Simply put, if he's on the race entry list at any track in the world, there's a good chance he'll be up front and winning the race, no matter where he starts. Kyle Busch's stellar sweep is best described in the words of Days of Thunder character Cole Trickle: "I won't make a fool out of you."
His conquest of one of the sport's toughest bullrings was about as impressive as the four straight spring victories that Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon respectively had at the fast short track in their careers, taming it seemingly without effort.
Heck, you might as well rank him up there with the likes of Rusty Wallace, who made Bristol Motor Speedway like his personal playground back in his prime when he drove the No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac and Ford.
"I've been trying to do this since I got to NASCAR," Busch said following his victory on Saturday night. "Fortunately, tonight I was able to get it done, be the first one to do it."
Heading into the race weekend, which started on a Wednesday evening (a strange time for a race, so says this writer), there was an air of confidence with the Las Vegas sensation that had to make even a non-follower believe it was the 25-year-old's weekend at the concrete arena.
No matter what obstacles were presented to the driver of the No. 18 Toyota, Busch just kept pressing, almost to the point that a brick wall could have been in front of his car and he'd drive through it with ease.
It was a stock car equivalent to any terrific game by the Houdini of the Hard Court in Bob Cousy, a scoring barrage on the hockey rink by Wayne "The One" Gretzky, and Babe Ruth calling his homeruns like Ms. Cleo telling you it'll rain.
NASCAR's most polarized star truly made history, in spite of these factors:
Starting at the rear of the field for the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night?
No problem, he drove his Tundra to the front and never looked back.
Brad Keselowski and a brief visit with the SAFER barrier wall on a Friday night in the Nationwide event?
Forget about it, a little rattling of the cage and a chrome fender were all he needed to reach the winner's circle.
Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet? Three wide restarts? David Reutimann?
That No. 18 Doublemint Gum Toyota Camry was just in a different area code for the Irwin Tools Night Race, chewing up the competition for the three-peat.
Even with that exciting mid-race restart that saw Johnson get shuffled by the tenacious racing moves by "Franchise" and "Rowdy," you knew that it was just a matter of time before the No. 18 car was going to check out.
And check out it did, as oblivious to any challenger who even got a fender's length to his machine. Nobody was going to rain on the Sin City native's parade.
Now of course, the season has plenty of races left for about anything to happen. While some may believe that the No. 48 team is unraveling or that Clint Bowyer may be locked in for a Chase seed, just about any bizarre event is possible between the start of the racing weekend at Atlanta and the post-race inspection period following 400 laps at Richmond in two weeks.
However, what's certain is that Kyle Busch is pushing and pulling his way to the Chase on his accords, with solid support from his team led by crew chief Dave Rogers, who's been able to match the solid work by his predecessor in Steve Addington.
While inconsistency has plagued the No. 18 team's efforts at times in 2010, these past four days have shown that when Busch has his confidence and his eyes set on Victory Lane, he's going to do whatever it takes to win.
If they can avoid trouble and build on consistency with solid finishes and wins mixed together, even if the No. 48 team makes the Chase and does its usual, stellar job in the final 10 races, they may have to deal with that pesky Toyota racer and team that's embodied what Starship once sang in the 1980s: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."
Author's Note: This article/recap is dedicated to my older sister, Tessie, who'll be celebrating her 20th birthday for the eighth time in her life. For all the NASCAR talking I did with you, you're the best sister I could ever have! Enjoy it!