Watkins Glen: Kyle Busch preview

BUSCH HOPES TO IMPROVE BY ONE SPOT AT WATKINS GLEN HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 4, 2009) - The runner-up position and Kyle Busch must have a love-hate relationship. While Busch has been successful in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with six wins ...

BUSCH HOPES TO IMPROVE BY ONE SPOT AT WATKINS GLEN

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 4, 2009) - The runner-up position and Kyle Busch must have a love-hate relationship.

While Busch has been successful in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with six wins to-date, he has seven second-place finishes in 2009. Is the second-highest step on the podium a sign of a great run? Yes, but it isn't a satisfactory finish in the mind of Busch.

This Saturday Busch will try to one-up himself at Watkins Glen International, the series' first of two road course stops this season. Piloting the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Busch looks to better his 2008 result by (you guessed it) one spot after finishing second in the event last year driving a car owned by independent owner Eddie D'Hondt.

Busch has experienced winning on road courses: he scored a win at the .245-mile road course in Watkins Glen, New York last year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also earned road course victories at Infineon Raceway (Sprint Cup Series) and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Nationwide Series) in 2008.

Fresh off of a second-place finish at Iowa Speedway this past Saturday, Busch has a commanding lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, 207 points ahead of fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Carl Edwards.

Joining NOS on the car will be The Kyle Busch Foundation. Founded by Busch in 2006, KBF concentrates its efforts on assisting organizations across the country in fostering a safe environment for less fortunate children to live, learn, and challenge themselves. For more information, please visit kylebuschfoundation.org.

The Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International will air on ESPN2 on Saturday, August 8 at 2:30 pm EST.

KYLE'S QUOTES ON RACING AT WATKINS GLEN

Can you and the NOS Energy Drink team get to victory lane in Watkins Glen?

"We can but it won't be easy. It takes a lot of hard work to win one of these (races). I believe this NOS team is up for the challenge. We've been fast all year but we just haven't had things fall our way at the end of some of these races lately."

How do you feel about road course racing?

"I like road course racing. I didn't used to be good at but I like to think I've gotten better. I like it so much I tried out the Grand-Am Series at Daytona and had fun there. You have to have a fast race car but there's a lot of strategy you can use to win these races. Hopefully, everything will come together for us this weekend and we'll get ourselves that seventh win."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch