KYLE BUSCH The 'Chase' Is On MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2010) - While Kyle Busch begins the 10-week Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, he'll also begin the seven-week "chase"...
The 'Chase' Is On
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2010) - While Kyle Busch begins the 10-week Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, he'll also begin the seven-week "chase" for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner's championship.
Busch, who is the driver-owner of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, has driven 10 Truck Series races this year while sharing the seat with Brian Ickler, who has driven six events, and Kasey Kahne and Johnny Benson, who has driven one race a piece.
The foursome has combined to put the No. 18 Toyota second in the owner standings, 82 points behind the No. 30 Toyota of Germain Racing, but 179 points ahead of the third-place No. 51 machine of Billy Ballew Motorsports.
After driving in this week's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire, Busch will turn the No. 18 Toyota over to Ickler one final time for next week's event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch is then scheduled to drive the final five Truck Series events - Oct. 23 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Oct. 30 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Nov. 12 at Phoenix International Raceway, and the season finale Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Starting the Truck Series "chase" at New Hampshire may well prove beneficial to Busch, who has won in all three of NASCAR's top-three divisions at the "Magic Mile," including last year's Truck Series race.
Kyle Busch, Driver, No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What do you remember about last year's Camping World Truck Series win at New Hampshire?
"We had a good battle with (Ron) Hornaday and (Kevin) Harvick. I think they were probably a little bit better than we were but, at the end, we were out front when it mattered and had just the right amount of fuel in order to make it. I think we would've been close. I was backing off and trying to save there during that green-flag run and I think I had about a second-and-a half-gap, or maybe a (one-) second gap, back to those guys behind me. It would've been hard for them to get by me, anyway. We saw that after the restart, so I was trying to save as much as I could a little bit in order to make it. Fortunately, we didn't have to find out. We did have that caution and I kept saving underneath the caution. Just shutting it off and trying to roll as much as I could. We made it. We made it and made enough to run a cool-down lap. It was pretty close."
What are your thoughts on the owner's championship, which is still very close, with the No. 30 truck 82 points ahead of your No. 18 with seven races remaining?
"For us, it's pretty simple. We need to finish ahead of the 30 truck as much as possible and chip away at their point lead. There is still a lot of time left - seven races - but we need to try and make up points each week. It seems like every time we've gotten the lead down under 20 or 15 points, they open it back up again. We'll keep working at it, though."