There are two things that Kyle Busch looks forward to in this weekend's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race. One, a newly paved surface on the 1.5-mile oval, where Busch has seven series starts which have yielded one win and four top-five finishes. Two, the opportunity to drive on the new track surface with one of Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) best fleet cars, chassis #009, that earned the 27-year-old owner his first taste of victory, with older brother Kurt Busch as driver of the No. 54 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. With more track banking and a fast race car, Busch and team will work hard for the right setup in the Monster Energy Camry, to strive for that elusive season win together.
Following the 2012 spring events at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, NASCAR and track officials conducted a repaving project on portions of the intermediate-size race track, changing the oval from 15 degrees of uniform banking to 20 degrees of variable banking in the track turns. "It's just a matter of trying to figure it out," described Busch after visiting the track, close to the Missouri-Kansas state line, in April. He continued, "Once you kind of get it figured out or get the right situations lined up, you can have a shot. I look at this place a lot like Michigan. That's a place where I struggled for a long time, but we finally were able to break through there for a win last year."
Busch has tasted victory at Kansas in NASCAR's second tier of competition, winning the 2007 event. Additionally, he has two runner-up finishes (2010, 2009) and a pair of third-place runs (2010, 2006). Breaking through for a win this year, with his own NNS crew would be special and the KBM Monster Energy team believe they have the car and driver to do it.