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Forget three weekend wins; Kyle Busch eyes three championships

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For those of you displeased with Kyle Busch — and yes, there are still one or two out there — this won't come as welcome news to you, but here it is: The man has the chance to be a key championship player in all three of NASCAR's top series.

Here's how it shakes out. You know the story in Sprint Cup; Kyle himself has the chance to pilot his JGR No. 18 to the championship. It won't be easy — he's a long way from the odds-on favorite — but it's possible.

The other two series offer Kyle the chance at a championship from both the driver's seat and the pit box. In the Nationwide series, Busch is running third behind Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. But the 18 car has actually run better than the 22 car in owner's points, with JGR sitting at 4,353 points to the 22's 4,302. Not much of a lead, but still, a lead. And in the truck series, Kyle's self-owned No. 18 team is just 25 points behind Germain Racing's No. 30 team in 19 races.

"There's an opportunity for me to win three championships in a season," Busch said in a Tuesday media conference. "Man, if that happens, I think it would be nothing but awesome. Then, of course, being able to go on into the off-season with three championships, getting married, I think that would be one way to go out in 2010."

One way indeed. Question is, how much will the pursuit of those — let's be honest — lesser championships in the lower series distract him from Sprint Cup? Focus has always been the key with Kyle — it's speculated as one reason JGR wouldn't permit him to run a full Nationwide schedule — but this close to the end of the season, with this much at stake, it'd be a hard sell for Kyle to expend any additional energy on either the Nationwide or the Camping World series.

Yes, in those he's beating up on inferior competition, and could win both championships in a walk if he wanted. But his focus needs to be with the big boys, and if other trophies come, well, he'll find a place for them. Maybe holding ice cream for that fancy Cold Stone Creamery stone of his.

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