Busch Riding Texas Hot Streak
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on April 7, 2011 | 9:59 A.M. EST
"Hopefully, we can start another streak this week at Texas.” (Photo: Getty Images)
Texas Motor Speedway has been one of Kyle Busch’s best tracks on the Nationwide Series schedule and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver looks to add to that success in Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Busch has scored five career wins at the 1.5-track all coming in succession until Carl Edwards ended that run last November. Overall he’s scored an impressive 11 top-10 finishes in 12 career starts including three second-place runs in addition to his five trips to Victory Lane.
But even Busch doesn’t have an answer to why he’s been so dominant at TMS.
“I don’t know. It’s a team effort,” he said. “It’s (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and all of those guys – all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing – the chassis guys, the body guys, the guys in the engine shop and everybody who makes this possible. It’s just good racecars and good people. They work so hard and bring such good cars to the racetrack. Hopefully, we can start another streak this week at Texas.”
There’s a little extra incentive for Busch in Friday night’s race that involves his crew chief Ratcliff, who spent time in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area after his high school graduation.
“I have a lot of friends there, and my mom and dad lived there until just recently,” said Ratcliff. “When you live in an area that long, it feels like home. That’s one of the few tracks we go to that, when we show up there, I don’t need a map. I can tell you where to go and where to go eat. So, it’s always nice to go back there and spend some time.”
Busch is the series’ most recent winner taking the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago in a race when late tire strategy paid dividends and helped him go from a third-place finish to taking the checkered flag.
“You’re working your butt off all day long and you think you’re going to end up third, which kind of stinks but it’s still decent,” Busch said. “Then, you end up making a pit call like that, where nobody else does it, and you’re like, ‘Damn, we’re going to win this thing.’ You just get jacked up.”
Busch would love to spend more time in Victory Lane and take another step closer to Mark Martin’s all-time series victory total of 50. Busch comes into the weekend with 46 Nationwide Series triumphs.
Although the mark would be an honored run to hold, Busch doesn’t spend too much time focusing on the record.
“It’s not really something I think about, to be honest with you,” Busch said. “We just know that, if we run well and if we do what we know how to do to be competitive and to reach our potential, and do what we need to do on race day, then the wins will come.”