Busch Takes Aim At Another Record
When Kyle Busch crossed the finish line first in Saturday’s History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the track and broke a tie with Mark Martin for most series wins by a driver at the track. This weekend the 28-year-old will attempt to pull off the same trick by breaking a three-way tie between him, Todd Bodine and Carl Edwards for most wins (three) at Dover International Speedway.
If Busch is victorious Saturday night in the 5-Hour Energy 200 it would give Joe Gibbs Racing five wins in the last seven races and eight wins in the last 12 races at the one-mile track. His NSCS teammate Denny Hamlin won back-to-back events in fall 2007 and spring 2008. Busch won the fall 2008 race and swept both events in 2010. Joey Logano swept both events last year for JGR.
A victory for Busch would be his seventh of the season (10th in the three national series), a feat that has happened in only 11 seasons since 1982. The seven-win mark has been reached eight times in the past eight seasons: Kevin Harvick (nine wins in 2006), Carl Edwards (seven in 2008, eight in 2011), Busch (10 in 2008, nine in 2009, 13 in 2010, eight in 2011), and Logano (nine in 2012). Last year is the only season over the past five in which Busch didn’t reach the seven-win plateau. In fact, he didn’t win in the series in 2012.
Busch’s start to 2013 has been off the charts in comparison to all other campaigns. If he finds Victory Lane at Dover, his seventh win will come in only the 11th race of the season. The earliest a driver has captured his seventh victory of a season was in the 16th race of 1984 when Sam Ard won at South Boston Speedway. In 2011, Busch won for the seventh time in the 25th race. His seventh win in 2010 came in race 18, race 31 in 2009 and race 27 in 2008.