Fans who are sick of Kyle Busch’s dominance in NASCAR as of late might be getting a break this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch has been quick to admit the last coupe of weeks that AMS is not his strongest racetrack, though he does have a win there back in 2008.
Busch only has two top 10s in 12 starts at AMS in the Sprint Cup Series and three top 10s in six starts in the Nationwide Series.
However, Busch’s statistics at AMS have picked up since he moved to Joe Gibbs Racing back in 2008. Before leaving Hendrick Motorsports for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch had never finished any higher than 12th at Atlanta, including three 12th place finishes in a row from 2005-2006.
Since moving to JGR, Busch has finished outside of the top 20 at AMS only once and got his first win with the team back in 2008 at this very racetrack.
The Atlanta fall race comes at a critical time in the year, as it is the next to last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. Busch is virtually locked into the Chase, needing only to finish 40th or higher to clinch a spot in the Chase.
However, any added bonus points would be helpful come New Hampshire, the first race in the Chase. At the beginning of the Chase, NASCAR resets the points to 5000 and adds 10 extra bonus points for every win a driver accumulated in the regular season. Right now, Busch is tied for three wins with point leader Kevin Harvick. Jimmie Johnson and teammate Denny Hamlin are the only other drivers with more victories, with five wins apiece.
Busch’s Nationwide Series statistics have been up and down at AMS, too. Busch has made six starts there in NNS competition and his finishes—from his first start to his most recent—go like this: 42nd, 2nd, 40th, 3rd, 24th, 2nd. If history repeats itself, Busch will finish somewhere outside of the top 30. On the bright side, Busch has never qualified outside of the top 10 in the Nationwide Series!
Let’s be honest, though. Expecting Busch to falter after winning the last four NASCAR races he has been entered in is nothing more than wishful thinking. Oh sure Busch hasn’t had the best luck at AMS in the past, but since when has past history slowed him down at anything the past few seasons?
It would be no shock to anyone if Busch swept the weekend, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. The Las Vegas-native is on a roll at the perfect time in the Sprint Cup Series season and there seems to be no end in sight.