It is no secret that Kyle Busch and Kansas Speedway haven’t always gotten along well.
Despite the track resurfacing last season, Busch has continued to struggle at the speedway. Two top 10’s from October 2006 and April 2012 make up his highlights at Kansas. His performance since the resurfacing are two finishes outside of the top 30, only adding to his Kansas misery.
Out of all the past races he has competed in at this track, this weekend’s may be the most important. He is in the midst of a championship run and with the prowess of his competition, a bad race isn’t acceptable. Busch will need to have a great finish when the checkered flag waves at Kansas.
As the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship picture stands right now, Busch is trailing teammate Matt Kenseth by 12 points and second place Jimmie Johnson by four. His best option at reducing the point difference is by outperforming both Kenseth and Johnson.
Current point leader Kenseth is the most recent winner of the last two races at Kansas, in October 2012 and April 2013. He and his team had great pit strategy and conserved fuel in those victories, making him the overwhelming favorite this weekend. You can’t count out Johnson either, who currently sits above Busch in the points, since his Kansas record is nothing to ignore. He’s scored victory twice at the speedway with both wins coming in the Chase. Those two stats aren’t the easiest to look at for Busch, but taking momentum away from them could do Busch good.