|Kyle Busch has two win on down force tracks already this season|
Johnson has thrived on 1.5-and 2-mile tracks over his career. His dominance on these tracks carried him to five straight Cup championships. But so far this season, Johnson has yet to crack the top five between Las Vegas, Fontana and Texas. Busch has finished in the top five at all three.
Of the 36 races run this season, 14 will be held on 1.5- or 2-mile tracks, which makes them the most important in the series. Five of the 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup – NASCAR’s playoffs – will be run on these type of tracks.
We’ve yet to see Busch excel when it really counts in the Chase, but during the Chase last season – which he wasn’t part of – we saw top-five finishes out of him in seven of the 10 races. This season in the new Gen-6 car, he’s finished fourth or better at Las Vegas, Fontana and Texas. Johnson may have the points lead, but his team doesn’t have the new car figured out on the tracks that matter most, at least to its high standards.
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