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Comfort zone: Kyle Busch's driving style -- and success -- fit well at LMS DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2006) -- Following the second off-week of the season, the NASCAR Busch Series returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The race...

Comfort zone: Kyle Busch's driving style -- and success -- fit well at LMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2006) -- Following the second off-week of the season, the NASCAR Busch Series returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The race is essentially a "home" event for the majority of the teams since many are located in and around the Charlotte area.

And that comfort zone is just fine with two-time defending race winner Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's/Shop Vac Chevrolet).

Busch stands fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings, and is one of seven drivers attempting to run a full season in both the NASCAR Busch Series and in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, where he is seventh in the points.

LMS is the perfect venue for the Las Vegas, Nev., native to continue his climb in the NASCAR Busch Series rankings, where he has gone from 14th to his current spot over the last seven races.

His comfort zone at LMS began immediately as Busch made his NASCAR Busch Series debut at the 1.5-mile track in the May 2003 race. Driving for 1992 series champion Joe Nemechek, Busch finished second to Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Ameriquest Ford). The then-18-year-old led twice, until he was finally overtaken by Kenseth on Lap 172 of the 200-lap event.

In five series races at LMS, Busch has four top fives. Only a transmission failure in the fall race last October precluded him from building on that performance.

And since his NASCAR Busch Series debut, Busch has gone on to become one of the most prolific drivers in the series with seven wins in 67 races. He followed up his Raybestos Rookie of the Year award in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004 with the same honor in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup last year to go along with his first two premier series victories.

"I really don't know what it is," Busch said of his success at LMS. "We've just always done well [there]. The track is a natural fit with my driving style and the cars have always been good there.

"I want to keep the winning streak alive. Winning the [NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series] race last Friday was nice. Maybe we can win again on Saturday and sweep the weekend with a [NASCAR NEXTEL] Cup win on Sunday. I can't think of anything much better than that."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Joe Nemechek , Kyle Busch