Busch Seeks Brickyard Win

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch's best result at Indianapolis came in 2007 when he finished fourth. (Photo: Getty Images)


Kyle Busch would like nothing more than to add a Brickyard 400 trophy to his growing collection of NASCAR hardware when the Sprint Cup Series visits Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

The 26-year-old Busch has already experienced an abundance of success in only eight seasons as a Sprint Cup driver, but has yet to kneel down and kiss the bricks on the 2.5-mile track.

“You always want to win the big races,” Busch said. “You want to win the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 - some of those big races - before your career is over.”

Busch will have to wait until next season for another shot at the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600, but he will get the chance to cross a Brickyard 400 victory off his checklist this Sunday.

“It’s exciting for us all to go there, especially with the history there and the prestige of winning that event,” Busch said. “I’d love nothing more than to win there on Sunday with my M&M’s Camry.”

In six career starts at Indianapolis, Busch has finished as high as fourth and as low as 38th. With one top five and four top 10s, his average finishing position is 13.7. Busch hasn’t led a lap on the famed oval since 2008 and has only led a total of 39 out of the 912 laps that he has run.

“Indianapolis is probably one of the trickiest places we go to on the schedule,” Busch said. “You really have to be particular in hitting your marks and getting your car set up.”

The No. 18 Toyota team will unveil a brand new chassis this weekend after a disappointing result in New Hampshire two weeks ago. Busch went into Loudon with the series points lead but a 36th-place finish in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 dropped him to fifth place and he now sits 20 points behind leader Carl Edwards.

As Busch returns from the off-week, he looks forward to getting back on track to winning his first championship.

In its 17-year history, the Indy event has been won by champions such as Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott. On six different occasions, the driver that won the mid-summer classic at Indy went on to become champion that same year. Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat in 1998, Dale Jarrett in 1999, Bobby Labonte in 2000, Gordon again in 2001, Tony Stewart in 2005 and Jimmie Johnson in 2006.

“I’m just wishing one day I can put my name on that list by getting a win at that track,” Busch said.

Gordon, Stewart and Johnson will all compete in this Sunday’s field of 43 and will pose a threat to Busch’s hopes of getting to Victory Lane. Since Busch’s Brickyard debut in 2005, Stewart has won twice and Johnson won three times. Gordon, a four-time winner, was victorious at the first-ever Brickyard 400 in 1994.

“The first time I knew of the Brickyard 400 was ’94, being a Jeff Gordon fan,” Busch said. “When he came into the sport a few years earlier … and then won that race right off the bat. That was quite an accomplishment.”

Another threat to Busch this weekend is Jamie McMurray, who will be back to defend last year’s victory after starting fourth.

Busch will attempt to improve on his best starting position of 16th at Indianapolis when qualifying for the 160-lap race begins at 2:10 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. He will contend for the prestigious win when the Brickyard 400 starts shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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