Following the past three races at Bristol, the only sound fans have heard was Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Toyota engine screaming during his celebratory burnouts.
Busch is ‘King’ when it comes to winning (a record 66 series wins) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Bristol is one of his most successful tracks. In 20 starts at the 0.533-mile speedway, he has posted a series-leading seven wins, including two sets of three consecutive wins (fall 2010-2011 sweep and 2013 sweep-spring 2014). He has posted 13 top fives and 16 top 10s with an average finish of 8.6.
But can anyone stop him? Yes, but it won’t be easy.
Toyota has won seven of the last eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Busch is responsible for six of those trophies.
Turner Scott Motorsports driver Kyle Larson has come quite close to besting Busch at Bristol. He finished runner-up to Busch two out of the last three races and in doing so put on a brilliant display of driving in close quarters. Though Larson’s full-time stint in the series was short-lived, his success was apparent; of the tracks at which he made multiple starts, Bristol was his best. In three starts he has posted three top fives and an average finish of 3.0.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team could use some of Busch’s winning magic to get them back in the title hunt of the owner championship standings following an engine failure last weekend at Mid-Ohio. The DNF dropped the 54 Toyota team from the lead to second, 21 points back from Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team. Ryan Blaney will be handling the duties in the No. 22 Ford this weekend. Blaney has made two starts at Bristol posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 5.5 (series career second-best).