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Busch Two Tracks Shy of a Major Career Milestone
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The list is down to two.
With a victory in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, Kyle Busch has now won at 21 of the 23 active tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. The two facilities remaining will be tracks he’ll see for the first time in a few weeks, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
“I look forward to the challenge. Every single week, every single year, everything’s a challenge. We do this for many reasons, but for me it’s just the challenge of being able to go out there and to continue to try to thrive and be good at what we do; to win championships; win races,” Busch said about potentially winning at every track.
“It’s certainly been some tough roads along the way here at Kansas, but it’s certainly nice to win this one. I look forward to being to hopefully knock off some more this year at Charlotte and Pocono to compete the list.”
The 2015 champion began his full-time career in 2005 and now has 37 career wins in 401 starts. Across NASCAR’s three national series he has 162 wins.
Prior to winning Saturday, Busch had made 16 starts at Kansas with only two top-five finishes. Four DNF’s (Did Not Finish) left Busch without any answers about his repeated struggles, other than to just pass it off as, “all I know is we’re in Kansas, right?”
Now having conquered what might have been his toughest task, Busch will look at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29 as the next one. There is also the Charlotte Chase race on October 8.
Busch finishes 11th in the series longest race last season, which was his first points race back from a February injury. In 24 Charlotte starts, Busch has led 907 laps and earned 14 top-10 finishes, but also has five DNFs. His best finish at Charlotte is two runner-up efforts in the Fall event (2010 and 2011).
As for Pocono Raceway, which the series visits on June 5 and July 31, Busch nearly knocked the ‘Tricky Triangle’ off his list last summer before running out of fuel from the race lead. He has eight top-10 finishes in 22 starts. However, only a scant 82 laps led.
Should Busch go on to win at Charlotte and Pocono at some point this year he would accomplish a career milestone the likes of former teammates – and champions – Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have not. Johnson, who is still an active driver, has four tracks (Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Homestead) he has yet to win at while Gordon retired following the 2015 season having won every track except for Kentucky Speedway.
Busch is now two-for-two at winning at places that once eluded, having been victorious at Martinsville Speedway last month.
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