Winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship is not an easy task given the closeness of the competition at that level of the sport. However, when you are battling you teammate in similar equipment, the task is even harder.
Matt Kenseth edged out his teammate Kyle Busch last Sunday in New Hampshire for the win making it two weeks in a row that the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished in the top two positions.
Despite winning his second consecutive Chase race, Kenseth isn't taking his teammate lightly.
"Everybody in the garage knows that there's not a driver more talented than Kyle," said Kenseth about racing his teammate. "It's not tough racing him like you don't want to race him; it's tough racing him because you know that you're not going to be allowed many mistakes."
That was certainly true Sunday as Busch was slowly running down his JGR teammate when the race ended. However, he knows that beating Kenseth for the championship is not going to be easy.
"Matt is just executing the end of the deal, which is what you're supposed to do," commented Kyle on Kenseth's win streak. "It's good that we're both up there like that, that we're able to do that and that we're pushing each other hard and that we're pushing the competition, as well, too."
With his two JGR drivers finishing one-two in the first two Chase races, team owner, J.D. Gibbs is on cloud nine and is just trying to keep the magic going.
"As far as for me, really the way I look at it, I don't have any problems on that front," said Gibbs on his team's early success. "We have three great drivers who communicate well with each other and work well together."
Despite their success the JGR teammates aren't getting overconfident. Both Kenseth and Busch know that it's still early and they have to approach each week the same way.
"I know it's kind of cliché, but it really is one week at a time, especially right now," continued Kenseth. "With two whole months and eight weeks of racing is a lot of racing, and in this system one bad finish and you're behind."
Busch knows it will be hard to beat his teammate and that it might come down to something as simple as communication to determine the championship.
"I think the organization is going to give the equipment to the both of us," added Busch. "I don't think any one of us is going to get better stuff. It's just going to come down to better communication between myself and the crew chief in that way, because those are certainly the ways that you win these things."
These two teammates couldn't be any further apart in personality but, they are staying right in step with each other on the race track. It should be very interesting to see them battle it out to the end.