With many motor fans having their eyes on Texas, Kyle Busch has his set on not only Ft. Worth, but beyond to the upcoming races as well and more. With a disappointing race at Martinsville, failing to finish in a top five position as the race’s pole sitter, the Joe Gibbs Racing team will be determined to more than make up for his performance, and attempt to capture the checkered flag this weekend in Ft. Worth. As the Sprint Cup Series begins, the gears have already been set to what will look like a wild season for the JGR organization and their lead driver.
This Sprint Cup season has been more of a roller coaster ride than a NASCAR race for Busch. Following a 2014 Auto Club 400 victory in Fontana the week prior, the teams performance in Martinsville has been all but surprising. During the course of the Sprint Cup Series, pole position has proven not to be beneficial for the seasoned driver. Busch has failed to take advantage in the three races which he had top ten start positions, slipping back in place spots behind his original start. Bristol has proven to be the biggest disappointment so far for the racing team team this season. While leading the race for 73 laps, Busch finished with a No. 29 place finish. Many blame distraction as the reason for the results due to the highly publicized crash with fellow driver Danica Patrick during a practice session on the previous day, many blame the over three hour rain delay for the uninspiring finish. Beyond any bad weather and awkward crashes, Kyle Busch is still set currently in sixth of the Sprint Cup Series standings as he eyes Texas.
The Nationwide Series, on the other hand, has been an entirely different story. Since Daytona, the team has had top three finishes in every event they have competed, including two victories in Phoenix and Bristol. Busch is not a stranger to winning in Bristol, as this would not only be his sixteenth time winning the event, but also the third year in a row, all while holding off young and hungry Kyle Larson in the process. Similar success can also be seen in the Camping World Truck Series as the Kyle Busch Motorsports team won the 2014 Next Era Energy Resources 250 in Daytona, the only event participated in the series by the team leader. Although success has not mirrored as closely in the more prestigious Sprint Cup Series, Busch is only 38 points behind the leading favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Looking towards Ft. Worth, the Texas Motor Speedway has been kind to the Joe Gibbs Racing teams the Number 18 driver tasted his first victory on the famed track only a year ago and even setting a new track record. Excitement is already in the air as Kyle Busch gives a little insight on the upcoming race in Texas and beyond and sets his goal as he eyes Ft. Worth. “I’m hoping they can bring back a little of that magic that helped us win five in a row there in the Nationwide car. It’s a fun place.”, the Number 18 driver stated on his website. Momentum is certainly on the side of the soon to be 29 year old and hopefully he can use that momentum to aid him in one of the most quickest tracks in the Sprint Series to date.
Commentary by Hector Carrion