DOVER, Del. Kyle Busch would take a winless Chase if it pays off with a championship.
At 28, Busch is on a mission to win the Sprint Cup championship that would truly stamp him as one of the sport's greats.
He already has a résumé few in the garage can match.
Busch wins races in all three national NASCAR series like no other driver, including a whopping 18 this season.
But all those checkered flags haven't helped him win a Sprint Cup championship. Busch has finished higher than 10th only once in the last five seasons, and he's never been better than fifth (2007) in the final standings. He lost out to Jeff Gordon for the final Chase spot last season at Richmond.
Busch has put those past disappointments behind him with a sizzling start to this season's Chase.
He is 2 for 2 in runner-up finishes at Chicagoland in the opener and last week at New Hampshire.
While Busch said he doesn't pay attention to the standings, he knows his two seconds are good enough to put him in second place.
Problem is, the driver in front of him hasn't been in the mood to lose.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth leads the standings after storming his way to the Chase lead with wins the last two weeks to boost his series-best total to seven.
Busch and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers truly threatening Kenseth for the lead as the Chase shifts to Dover for Sunday's race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned a track-record lap of 161.849 mph to win the pole at Dover. The top four qualifiers are all from the Chase championship. Kenseth will start second, Ryan Newman third and Carl Edwards fourth.
IndyCar Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will not return to KV Racing next season and is finalizing a deal to join Chip Ganassi Racing, The Associated Press has learned.
Two people familiar with Kanaan's plan said the Brazilian is close to signing a contract with Ganassi.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because Ganassi has not announced the move.
The 38-year-old Kanaan will join a lineup that includes Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, and Charlie Kimball. Franchitti and Dixon have combined to win six IndyCar titles, and Kanaan won it in 2004.
Kanaan repeatedly said he wanted to keep his core team at KV Racing together but expressed frustration with the economic hardships in IndyCar.
KV Racing presented him with a deal in which he didn't have to bring any sponsorship money to the team Kanaan has had to bring money with him in the past and has long felt as a veteran that he shouldn't have to but he rejected the offer.