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Kyle Busch does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Sunday.

King of the regular season

Oh, here we go. Another pretender to Jimmie Johnson's throne has been crowned.

No disrespect to Lee Spencer, but until Kyle Busch shows he can do it when the heat's on -- i.e., during the Chase -- he hasn't shown anything yet. The guy's always lights out during the "regular season." But during the Chase ... well, not so much.

In 40 Chase races, Busch has zero wins, 10 top fives and 17 top tens. That places him 12th alltime. Not exactly the sort of track record that would lead you to believe he's about to dethrone anyone.

In that regard, he's a lot like Peyton Manning. Like Busch, Manning routinely puts up huge numbers during the regular season, only to turn mortal during the playoffs. Even the year the Colts won the Super Bowl, he was severely average; the Colts won that year because the defense got gnarly and they were able to at least marginally run the football.

Oh, yes. And who's No. 1 alltime on the Chase list?

J.J., of course.

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