Kyle Busch will try to score a victory in Atlanta’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the second consecutive season, following a rough weekend in Bristol.
Hopes were high last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the driver known as “Rowdy,” who was a favorite to potentially sweep the weekend as the defending champion there in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Those hopes did not come to fruition though, as a frustrating night that included an accident resulted in a 36th-place finish.
Luckily for Busch, he starts this weekend with a blank state.
And a return to a track where he has two victories, including last year’s when he seized the top spot on Lap 288 and held off a charging Joey Logano on his way to the checkered flag.
With just two races left before the Chase, Busch could use some momentum. Since posting a pair of second-place performances at New Hampshire and Indy, he has not finished higher than 36th in his last four Sprint Cup races.
Even more importantly, he can aid his Chase contention by capturing the three bonus points that go with a victory. Busch could find himself in a hole entering the Chase if 2014 event winners continue to take checkered flags, thus further accruing bonus points.
Busch will battle a group of past Atlanta winners already locked into the Chase vying for precious bonus points, including: his brother Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Johnson, Earnhardt and Gordon could garner their 12th Chase bonus point of the season putting that much more pressure on the field when the Chase begins.