If anyone is going to master Dover (Del.) International Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, it's going to be the duo of Kyle Busch and his No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team crew chief Mike Beam. Between them, they've accomplished 11 wins and led 1,580 laps across NASCAR's top three divisions on the one-mile oval, appropriately named the "Monster Mile." How fitting would it be for them to achieve victory together in their inaugural season, and in support of their full-time partner Monster Energy?
In 2010, Busch dominated the Delaware short track, achieving wins at both the spring and fall Nationwide Series events. In the spring race that year, Busch earned his victory from the pole position after, leading 191 of the 205 event laps. In the fall race, he backed up the win from the second-place starting spot, again dominating with the lead in 192 circuits of the 200-lap race. Needless to say, Busch is used to racing up front on this short track.
That year and in 2011, the driver and his crew chief were also working under different colors. For Busch, after earning victory in the NASCAR Truck Series the day before, he ran very strong in the Nationwide Series spring event and finished in second place - to a car led by Mike Beam. Beam's team achieved victory at that first Dover event, from the pole position and with 87 laps led. They followed it up with a strong repeat victory in the fall race, leading 179 of 200 laps, proving he too, is accustomed to leading and winning at the Dover facility.
This time the two winners will be paired up together. In his 17th start as owner-driver of the black No. 54 machine, Busch is eager to repeat success and earn his first victory of the year, with his KBM crew chief, team and sponsor.