KYLE BUSCH Wednesday Night Showdown MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2010) -- Perhaps one of the most unique stops on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is the traditional Wednesday-night event in late August at the legendary Bristol ...
Wednesday Night Showdown
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2010) -- Perhaps one of the most unique stops on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is the traditional Wednesday-night event in late August at the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
It's the only time all year that any of NASCAR's top-three touring divisions compete on a Wednesday, and the event has become more popular with each passing year.
One driver who thoroughly enjoys the midweek event is Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NASCAR.COM RaceView Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), as he's never finished worse than 15th or started worse than ninth in five career Truck Series starts at the half-mile, concrete oval.
The KBM driver-owner has won the last two Bristol truck races and has done so in dominating fashion, leading 227 of a possible 403 laps. He's also won at Bristol in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (March 2007, March 2009 and August 2009) and in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition (March 2006).
Busch would like nothing more than to take the No. 18 NASCAR.COM RaceView Toyota Tundra to victory lane -- and also continue to stay in the championship fight. While no driver from KBM is going for the driver's championship, the No. 18 Toyota is competing for the owner's title and is third in the standings, just 113 points behind the first-place No. 30 truck of Germain Racing and 85 markers back of the second-place No. 2 truck of Kevin Harvick Inc.
Kyle Busch, Driver, No. 18 NASCAR.COM RaceView Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What makes you so strong at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"I love the place. It's fun for the drivers and it's fun for the fans. For some reason, I have really taken to the new surface. I loved the old surface, but I really like the new one, too. We've been fast every time we've been at Bristol in a truck and we've been able to capitalize on that in the last two years and go to victory lane. Obviously, we'd like to make it three in a row Wednesday night with our NASCAR.COM RaceView Tundra. We took a hit in the owner points last week at Darlington, so we need to get a win in order to close the gap on the 30 truck and the 2 truck."
All races on the Camping World Truck Series schedule are tough, but what makes Bristol so challenging?
"Anything can happen there and you can get caught up in somebody else's wreck. Things happen so fast there that, sometimes, you don't have anywhere to go. It's not like the big tracks, where you might have the apron or the grass to avoid an accident. You just try to get in a rhythm, avoid the wrecks and put yourself in position to win at the end."
You've got a new sponsor on board the No. 18 Toyota this week. Talk about that.
"We're excited to have NASCAR.COM TrackPass RaceView on board our Tundra this week at Bristol. TrackPass is a great opportunity for our fans to watch each Sprint Cup race and also to listen to the drivers communicating with their team over the radio, as well as see stats about every driver in the field. It's pretty amazing what RaceView offers fans to enhance their watching of each race, so encourage everyone to go to NASCAR.COM/RaceView and check it out."
Rick Ren, Director of Competition, Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What are your overall thoughts on Bristol?
"We're excited about it. We've got a really cool sponsor for Bristol, with NASCAR.COM RaceView coming on board. Bristol is still Bristol and the best of the best win there."
How challenging is it for the team to race at Darlington on Saturday night and then race at Bristol the following Wednesday?
"We're taking a completely different truck to Bristol. It's just really hard on the guys because it was pretty hot last week. Darlington is hot, so it's just a physical drain. We're going to be okay, equipment-wise. It's just a physical drain on the guys to go to Darlington and do a one-day show where it's pretty hot and then, just a few days later, you have to turn around and do the same thing at Bristol."
How out of the ordinary is it for a race to be conducted midweek, like the Bristol Truck race?
"It's really kind of odd to do it as a midweek race because you're used to racing on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. When you race on a Wednesday, you get back home and, on Friday and Saturday, you're kind of wondering why you're not at the racetrack. It's just a little odd. I think it's great for television and for the fans. Every year, it seems to me there are more campers there for the Wednesday-night show. I think a lot of people really enjoy doing it. People enjoy going to Bristol, anyway. Sparks are flying and you can smell everything because the track is so small. You smell the gear oil, you smell the tires and you see the sparks. It's pretty cool racing there."
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