Something, anything, has to go Kyle Busch’s way one of these weekends.
He’s led two of the first three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, eclipsed the 100 driver rating figure in all three, tallied fastest laps run in all three – and has only one top-10 finish to show for it. And barely –his ninth place run at Phoenix is his best thus far.
Those frustrating finishes could end this weekend. Statistically, at Bristol, a strong Busch run usually culminates with a likewise strong finish. He has 15 wins there across NASCAR’s three national series – more than any other driver in national series history at Bristol. Five of those wins came in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the last coming in March of 2011.
Busch is approaching a major series milestone, one that could come this Sunday at Bristol. With 140 laps led – something he’s done four times at Bristol – Busch will become the 15th driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history with 10,000 laps led.
Speaking of milestones – at Las Vegas last Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth scored his 250th career top 10, becoming the 22nd driver to accomplish that feat.
Kenseth has scored top 10s in two of the first three races. After a series-high seven victories last year, Kenseth could nab his first this season – as well as the likely Chase berth that comes with it – with another strong run at Bristol. He has three wins overall, the last coming in a thrilling end-of-race battle with Kasey Kahne last August. Kenseth has led laps in each of the last five Bristol races – combining for 414 laps led, the most of any driver during that span.