Doubling down is a common occurrence at the black jack tables located inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, but it's on the one-mile concrete oval adjacent to the property where Kyle Busch hopes to be doing his doubling down on Friday. The driver of the No. 51ToyotaCare Tundra will take aim at his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of 2013 in Friday's Lucas Oil 200. If he is successful, it would also be his second consecutive Truck Series win at "The Monster Mile," having won in his last series start at the challenging track.
In the series last stop at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Busch overcame a pair of engine issues in practice and a pit road miscue by his over-the-wall crew while leading near the halfway mark to pick up his first Truck Series win of 2013. The win was his first in the Truck Series since dominating the 2011 event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, breaking a seven-race winless streak, amazingly his longest drought in Truck Series action since going winless over a span of 13 races in 2006 and 2007.
The last time Busch was in a truck at Dover, he led 128 of the 200 laps en route to victory in the 2011 Lucas Oil 200. The 28-year-old also won in his first career Truck Series race at the 1-mile oval in 2005, making him the only repeat winner in 13 races at the track. While he has only collected two wins, the talented wheelman has been a threat to win in all seven of his starts in NASCAR's third division at the Delaware track. He has led double-digit laps in every start and 75 or more laps in each of his last six, but varying issues of bad luck - a fuel pump in 2010, tire problems in 2007 and 2009, a transmission in 2008 and a hood pin in 2006 - have kept him from leading the most important lap, the last one.
You can bet that the Las Vegas native will be a threat to win again in Friday's 200-lap event as he looks to double down and register consecutive Truck Series wins, both on the 2013 schedule and in series starts at Dover. A Truck Series win would also serve as successful start in his quest to deal three aces this weekend - wins in all three series.