NASCAR Nationwide Race
Kyle Busch will try to expand
on his success at Sparta
He returns in late September
to race in VisitMyrtle Beach 300
(September 2014) – When it comes to Kyle Busch’s racing philosophy, his rule of thumb says it all: win or go home. Since stepping into the professional ranks in 2001, he immediately began turning heads.
Fri., Sept. 19
8 p.m.: ARCA Racing Series “ZLoop 150” Race.
Sat., Sept. 20
7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series
“VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300” Race.
“I have a reputation that I’d race anything, anywhere, and I just like to race,” said the 29-year-old. “That’s what I grew up doing. I was always racing, sometimes two divisions in a night.”
Busch now has his sights set on winning the NASACAR Nationwide Series’ NASCAR.
com 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 20. Qualifying begins at 4:10 p.m., with the green flag at 7:30 p.m. for the 200-lap race. An autograph session with drivers is being planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Kyle Busch has had a good 2014 Nationwide Series season, driving the No. 54 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. He took the win at Phoenix holding off former rival Kevin Harvick. Busch took the checkers at Bristol by holding off Kyle Larson in a re-run of the 2013 Bristol race. He then ended Joey Logano’s Dover streak by winning the Dover NNS race on May 31.
During spring and early summer 2014, Busch had great results in the truck series, driving the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He dominated and won the first five races he entered, while leading the most laps in four of the races. Four of the races were also won after starting on the pole.
In June 2014, Busch led 31 laps of the Quaker State 400 but ended up finishing second. He said in an interview that after his 10-week streak of bad luck, being runner-up felt like a win to him. This standing returned Busch to the top 10 in points after being ranked 12th before the Kentucky event.
Kyle Busch drives the No. 54 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Busch is used to setting records. In August 2010, he won the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series races at Bristol on the same week. This triple victory won him the honor of becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to accomplish such a feat.
His successes at Bristol do not stop there. He has a record 16 NASCAR national touring series race wins at that track: five in Sprint Cup, seven in Nationwide and four in the Truck Series.
“I love Bristol,” Busch has said. In reference to the Aug. 20-23, races he said before the races, “We would love to be able to repeat 2010. That would be amazing – to do another trifecta.”
Busch said, “Obviously you want to win championships, whether we win championships in Sprint Cup, Nationwide or the Camping World Truck Series. That’s our goal. To win all three, that would be awesome.”
The Camping World Truck Series ran its scheduled 200-lap race at the 0.533-mile short track on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the UNOH 200. While Busch was the 2013 winner of this race, Brad Keselowski beat him out of a 2014 victory.
His wish of scoring another trifecta didn’t come true this year at Bristol. Ryan Blaney won the Nationwide Series Friday night race and Joey Logano won the Saturday Irwin Tools Night Race in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Despite defeat, “Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best race tracks on the circuit,” said Busch recently. “All the fans love it because of the excitement. They get to see a lot of run-ins and close-quarter action. It’s a fun place, and I enjoy racing there in all three series.”
Even when some losses are tough to swallow, Busch has always loved the competition aspect of racing. To him competition is “the best of the best, the best in the world in stock car auto racing. For me to be one of the top drivers is pretty cool and to go out there and try to win these big races and even compete for the championship is what it’s all about.”
Busch began his own business venture by starting Kyle Busch Motorsports. His team became the first Camping World Truck Series team to win an owners’ championship in its first year after recording eight wins, 16 top fives and 21 top 10s in 2010.
Sometimes it’s a bit difficult for Busch to balance begin an owner and a driver. Being an owner in the sport “has taught me a lot more about what the sport’s involvement is for the driver side and for the crew member side and everything else,” he said.
He labeled it a crazy, yet challenging business. “Juggling sponsor shirts or fire suits and helmets and all that stuff definitely gets complicated sometimes, but that’s what we love to do.”
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