Busch Looks For Richmond Sweep

Kyle Busch swept both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races last May at Richmond International Raceway and shoots for a repeat performance when NASCAR heads back to RIR this weekend.

The .75-mile track is one of Busch's favorites and he's looking forward to doing double duty this weekend when he drives in Friday night's Nationwide Series Bubba Burgers 250 and Saturday's Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 Sprint Cup main event.

"It’s a fun racetrack," said Busch. "It’s a nice short track that we get to go and run at. For me, the success I’ve had there, I’m not sure why, but it’s just been a good place for me to run. I’m excited about getting back there, hopefully to get another run in the top-five and try to go after a win with our M&M’s Camry.”

Busch comes to Richmond this year with a new crew chief in Dave Rogers. Although the duo is still getting started together in the Sprint Cup Series, Busch likes the combination and the growing relationship.

"He’s really, really smart," Busch said of Rogers. "I feel like he’s brought a lot to the team, so far. It seems like our good days, we don’t capitalize on, but we make our bad days better. That’s been a big difference.

"Last year, we’d be running up front and we would be making changes to the car and going backward. Then, we would try to fix it on the next stop and we wouldn’t. We would still go backward. This year, it seems that we fix the cars more often than we don’t, and I’m really encouraged by that and encouraged by how we are running overall.”

One of the challenges teams will face this weekend in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond is a race track that has a unique personality nearly on a yearly basis.

“The car is a little different because we’ve been learning things," Busch said of the approach to tackle RIR. "The track is a little different because it’s been giving up grip. And the tire is different because they usually bring a different tire here. Everything’s always different every time we come back to the racetrack.

"There’s really not much that’s the same. In the spring of 2008, we sort of unloaded somewhat similar to what JGR had there the year prior, but we were out to lunch. We really had to change a lot of stuff, and everybody was changing a lot because the tire and track don’t match, and it’s so loose up off the corner that it’s hard to get any forward bite. Everybody was working really hard on trying to fix that, and we figured out some things in the spring there and won the race, so I’m hoping we can keep up with all the changes, including adding the spoiler into the mix, as well.”

Another difference this weekend will be the debut of the Sprint Cup car's rear spoiler at Richmond which Busch believes will need to be monitored.

"Everywhere we’ve been, so far, there’s been a different feel," he said. "It just seems that the cars are a little more under you. They’re a little easier to drive. I expect Richmond to be similar to some of the things we’ve seen at the other tracks with the spoiler we’ve run, so far.”

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