Bristol High On Buschs List

Kyle Busch considers Bristol Motor Speedway one of the highlights of his racing season and would like to celebrate with a third straight victory in Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly 200.

The high-banked Tennessee short track has been Busch's personal playground in recent years where he's compiled an impressive record.

Busch has won the last two Bristol truck races and has done so in dominating fashion, leading 227 of a possible 403 laps. He's also won at Bristol in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (March 2007, March 2009 and August 2009) and in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition (March 2006).

With numbers like that it's no wonder Bristol is a Busch favorite.

"I love the place. It's fun for the drivers and it’s fun for the fans," Busch said. "For some reason, I have really taken to the new surface. I loved the old surface, but I really like the new one, too.

"We've been fast every time we've been at Bristol in a truck and we’ve been able to capitalize on that in the last two years and go to victory lane. Obviously, we'd like to make it three in a row Wednesday night."

Despite his love affair with Bristol, Busch knows the half-mile track can be a major challenge.

"Anything can happen there and you can get caught up in somebody else’s wreck," he said. "Things happen so fast there that, sometimes, you don't have anywhere to go. It’s not like the big tracks, where you might have the apron or the grass to avoid an accident. You just try to get in a rhythm, avoid the wrecks and put yourself in position to win at the end."

Another challenge facing all NCWTS teams is the short turnaround from last Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway. With only a handful of days to get ready for Wednesday night's race, teams have been working nearly round the clock in order to be prepared.

"We're taking a completely different truck to Bristol," said Kyle Busch Motorsports' Director of Competition Rick Ren. "It's just really hard on the guys because it was pretty hot last week. Darlington is hot, so it's just a physical drain.

"We're going to be okay, equipment-wise. It's just a physical drain on the guys to go to Darlington and do a one-day show where it's pretty hot and then, just a few days later, you have to turn around and do the same thing at Bristol."

Busch almost had a perfect starting spot for his three-in-a-row quest when he won the pole in qualifying after turning a lap of 122.968 mph.

However a broken valve cover will force Busch to start from the rear of the field and James Buescher will slide up to the number one starting spot Wednesday night.

Rain is in the area but officials are cautiously optimistic an 8 p.m. ET green flag will fly.

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