|Kyle Busch looking for his third Dover win Sunday|
Dover (Del.) International Speedway, site of Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup race, is one of three concrete tracks that hosts NASCAR’s top-three divisions. Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is the other, while Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, hosts only Nationwide and Truck Series races.
Busch’s cumulative track record at these venues is impressive. Consider…
* · At Dover, he has two Sprint Cup wins, three Nationwide Series wins and one Truck Series win. All but the Truck Series win (2005) came in the last three years.
* · At Bristol, Busch has five Sprint Cup wins, three Nationwide Series wins and three Truck Series wins. All but two – a Sprint Cup win in March 2007 and a Nationwide Series win in March 2006 – have been earned in the last three years.
* · And at Nashville, Busch has a Nationwide Series win and two Truck Series wins – all in the last two years.
That gives Busch 20 victories across these concrete tracks. And now Busch, the winner of two Sprint Cup races already this season, is hungry for more.
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is ready to feast at Dover, where in the lead-up to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, he’ll begin the weekend with Friday’s Truck Series race and Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. But the main focus is on the FedEx 400, where Busch plans on delivering his 22nd career Sprint Cup victory and his third at the aptly named “Monster Mile.”
Should Busch end up in the winner’s circle after successfully slaying the Monster, plan on a feast fit for a king – the “King of the Concrete.”
KYLE BUSCH QUOTES:
What does it take to be successful at Dover? “Dover, being a concrete track, is challenging. They are all a challenge, but Dover is especially so, just because of the way you have to run around that place. The way tires sometimes wear out. The way the rubber gets put down there. You’ve got to be fast through the corner. Two-thirds of your lap time is through the turn rather than down the straightaway, so you definitely have to make sure you have a good-handling race car – one that’s good in the beginning of the run on low air pressures and one that’s good at the end of the run on high air pressures, and even through traffic, too. Some of the most challenging times are when you’re trying to get through traffic with guys. We were able to win last spring with our M&M’s Camry and hope we can keep the momentum going there again this weekend.”
Does it frustrate you that you’ve experienced bad luck in the Truck Series at Dover, even though you’ve run well there? “I should’ve won the past five races in a row at Dover, I just haven’t been able to do it. I like running the Trucks at Dover. They’re fun. Nationwide cars are the same way, and the Cup cars. Dover is a good place for me. I like going to the ‘Monster’ and, hopefully, it’s another good one for us this time around, where we can try to go for another sweep. I feel pretty good about that, and knowing that we run well there and hoping to keep that streak of running well there.”
Do you approach the upcoming tracks differently because they’re Chase tracks? “You don’t really approach them any differently. The biggest thing you do is just try to make really good notes. Write down everything that you’re doing, write down the changes you’re making – all of that kind of stuff – better than you typically would. With Chase tracks being run in the regular season, it sort of helps us be able to build a better notebook for when we go back, and just having a better idea of understanding some things, but that’s about it.”
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Do you enjoy racing at Dover? “It’s definitely a fast racetrack. It’s a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you’re kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways. It’s a good place to race. It’s a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place.”
Does going from concrete to asphalt change the way the car handles? "We don’t run on an asphalt race track that’s banked like that or shaped like that. The mile tracks we go to that are asphalt are Phoenix and Loudon, and they are relatively flat. The concrete just changes the feel a little bit, of course, and changes the way you approach the racetrack, too.”
Busch Chassis Selection: Chassis No. 286 - This chassis will make its fourth-ever start in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. In its first start last October at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Busch started sixth and led a race-high 217 laps before settling for a solid second-place finish. In its most recent start, Busch started seventh and finished 13th in the Kobalt Tools 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch ran within the top-three for a majority of the race, but late-race fuel strategy forced him to settle for 13th. In its most recent start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, Busch qualified a strong fifth, but a blown engine before the halfway point relegated him to a 38th-place finish.
- True Speed Communications PR