BUSCH HOPING FOR DAYTONA DOMINANCE HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 30, 2009) - Kyle Busch's last four finishes in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Daytona International Speedway (dating back to July 2007): first, second, second, and fourth.
BUSCH HOPING FOR DAYTONA DOMINANCE
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 30, 2009) - Kyle Busch's last four finishes in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Daytona International Speedway (dating back to July 2007): first, second, second, and fourth. Granted, that's a splendid batting average, it might not be a stat line in which Busch-a stickler for winning-would be proud; however, one thing is for certain: Busch is a driver to watch at the World Center of Racing.
This Friday night, Busch climbs behind the wheel of his NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry in hopes of earning his second career Nationwide win at Daytona (and sixth overall win of the season). In 2008, Busch earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Despite not being the driver hoisting the trophy in victory lane, a Joe Gibbs Racing car won both Daytona races last year. Busch is hoping to personally bring home another trophy for JGR this weekend, while increasing his stranglehold on the series point lead.
Currently leading the series standings by 162 points over second place Carl Edwards, Busch is also looking to increase his winning percentage behind the wheel of a NOS-sponsored Nationwide car. Busch has won four out of the six races, dating back to October 2008, in which NOS has adorned his Toyota Camry.
The Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway will air on ESPN on Friday, July 2 at 7:30 pm EST.
KYLE BUSCH ON RACING IN DAYTONA
In your initial Daytona starts, you suffered some rocky finishes but in the last four races Nationwide Series races at Daytona, you've been one of the few drivers to beat. What has clicked?
"I'd like to think I've always been pretty solid here-I won my first race here (an ARCA race in 2004) and NASCAR gives us plenty of chances to learn the track with a whole bunch of track time during Speedweeks and when they had pre-season testing here, we turned a ton of laps. I think for whatever reason, the problem was finishing these races. The cars here bunch up quite a bit and one mistake can end your day. We've been really good the last few races but we've also been really lucky.
"I have no doubt this NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry will be good this weekend. We've been really close to winning one of these races the last few times we've been here. Hopefully, it's our turn."
After scoring zero top-ten finishes in his first seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch has earned four-straight top-five finishes, including a win in 2007.
Busch has led a total of 184 laps in Nationwide Series competition at Daytona. In the February 2007 race, Busch led 46 laps on the day but a broken fuel pump ended his race early on lap 83.