When the NASCAR Cup Series convened at Kansas Speedway back in early May, Kyle Busch won an event that was appropriately named the Buschy McBusch Race 400. This weekend’s race doesn’t have “Busch” anywhere in the name, but the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is hoping for the same outcome. Not only would a victory give him the Kansas season sweep, but it would punch an automatic ticket to the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. Currently, the only driver locked in the Championship 4 is last weekend’s winner, Kyle Larson.
Busch finished eighth on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in the first of three Round of 8 races and is fourth in the standings - one spot above the cutline for making it to the Championship 4. “That’s about the only thing we got out of Texas,” Busch said. “Just, we were off. I don’t know how we missed it, why we missed it, or what, but just taking off on fireoff, there’s just no grip whatsoever. We would just chatter the front tires, so we missed it. We missed it big time. We have to go back to work. Next week is Kansas — same kind of thing.”
Does Busch expect the racing at Kansas on Sunday afternoon to be similar to what it was at Texas, which is likewise a 1.5-mile track? “It’s going to be similar,” said Busch, a two-time Cup Series champion and the all-time NASCAR Xfinity Series wins leader. “It’s not going to be as one grooveish fighting for the first lane of that spray. You are going to be able to widen out and race all over the track, so, hopefully, that should be a little better.”