It’s a tale of two different records at Texas Motor Speedway for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars and former NASCAR Nationwide Series champions Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. When NASCAR’s No. 2 series hits the high-banked corners at the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, the two veterans will be among the favorites fighting for the trip to Victory Lane and jockeying for position in the Owners’ Championship race, however, only Busch has won there previously.
With nine wins at Texas among NASCAR’s national series, including six in the NNS, Busch has a decided advantage over Keselowski, who hasn’t won in 26 national series starts there. In 13 NNS starts, Keselowski’s best finish is a pair of second-place finishes, with the most recent coming in the April event earlier this year.
Through the first 30 races of the season, Busch has posted a series-high 11 victories in only 23 starts, while Keselowski has won five times in 13 starts. Although the Las Vegas native has six more wins than Keselowski, Busch’s No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota holds a slight four-point edge over Keselowski’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in the Owners’ Championship battle. The Michigan driver has split seat time in the No. 22 with three different drivers who all have found Victory Lane: Joey Logano (three times), AJ Allmendinger (twice) and Ryan Blaney (once).