Busch Looks Ahead to Texas
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on November 1, 2013 | 3:10 P.M. EST
Busch won at Texas in the spring, leading 171 of 334 laps, but he understands that Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson both having problems isn’t likely. (Photo: Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Another Chase, another way to torment Kyle Busch.
Many times, problems early in the Chase left him with no chance to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup title when he arrived at Texas Motor Speedway. This year, Busch, fifth in the standings, is far enough behind teammate Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson that he needs both to experience problems to have a shot, but close enough that there’s still a chance.
Should they have problems, Busch could pounce. He won at Texas in the spring, leading 171 of 334 laps, but Busch understands that Kenseth and Johnson both having problems isn’t likely.
Busch’s main concern is how he’s run in the Chase. Kansas Speedway, which has tortured him in recent visits, again haunted him. Martinsville Speedway, a place he’s run well at, frustrated him with a 15th-place finish last week.
“It's a little disappointing the way we ran at Martinsville,’’ Busch said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. “We tried something new, tried something different and it just didn't quite work for us. Once we kind of got cycled back on strategy, I couldn't make it to the front far enough to be able to run by myself. I kept getting boxed in behind a couple guys and would ruin my tires basically just running too hard. Had a bad weekend there.’’
Other than Martinsville and Kansas, Busch has run well in the Chase, scoring five top-five finishes.
“I feel like we’ve run really well this year,’’ Busch said. “We’ve been fast, we’ve been consistent. We’ve done a good job. I screwed up big time at Kansas. We didn’t quite get the car the way we needed to for Martinsville and we suffered a little bit. You get two bad races and you’re done. For as much as those guys up front are running well, you can’t have those.’’
That’s the next step for Busch and his team.
Busch also is focused on the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series races this weekend at Texas. Busch and Brad Keselowski are running all three races this weekend.
“I enjoy running all three and I do run all three typically any chance that the schedule permits,’’ Busch said. “This year we've been back to sort of normal I'd say -- you run 10 or 12 Truck races and you run about 25 Nationwide races and, of course, the Cup schedule and that seems to be the norm for me. It's good to be back in all three.’’