Busch’s pace to the 100 top-five level ranks mid-pack. On Sunday, in the Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway on TNT, Busch will make start No. 307. A top-five at Pocono -- aside from being surprising (he struggles there) -- would make Busch the 20th-fastest to reach 100 top-fives. Lock in that rank whether it happens on Sunday or not. Twenty-first on that list is Bill Elliott, who needed 320 starts to reach 100 top-fives.
And in case you were wondering…
The fastest to 100 top-fives: 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tim Flock, at 164 starts.
No. 34, soon to be No. 35: Jeff Burton, who reached 100 top-fives in 2006 in his 720th start.
Though mid-pack in terms of pace, at age 28, Busch would be the third-youngest driver to reach 100 top-fives. Richard Petty (26) and Jeff Gordon (27) rank 1-2.
Statistically, Busch is all-or-nothing at Pocono. He has four top-fives in 16 starts, but eight finishes outside the top 20.
Which brings us to Joey Logano, another young gun who seems old because he’s been around a while.
Logano, who will pull double duty this weekend in Iowa for the Nationwide race and Pocono for the Sprint Cup race, is a fifth of the way to 100 top-fives.
But, lately, they’ve come in bunches. Logano has scored four of his 20 top-fives in 2013, twice as many as he had all of last season.
One of those 2012 top-fives came in his victory at Pocono last year, a race that easily ranks as Logano’s best since joining the series full-time in 2009. Along with a career-best Driver Rating of 133.7, Logano had an average running position of 3.4, 22 Fastest Laps Run and 49 laps led in his second career win.