While there are two races left in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season, there is still hope amongst the No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team members that a victory with team owner-driver Kyle Busch is eminent. The first year results for this young team have included two pole-qualifying positions and one early win, with fellow Monster Energy driver Kurt Busch, but the season hasn't been without its 'ups and downs.' Needless to say, the group has been challenged, and in many ways that has made the team 'seasoned' - with tests such as on-track incidents, mechanical failures and being on the wrong end of races decided by fuel mileage. To overcome those hurdles and to be contending for wins on a weekly basis is what drives this team to earn victory for themselves, for their sponsor and for their team leader.
In 31 starts over its first year together, the KBM Nationwide Series Monster Energy group has accumulated one win, two pole positions, 392 laps led,13 top-five finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and sits eighth in the owner's points standings. KBM has led laps in each of the last three events and last week earned their second career pole, so while time may be winding down, momentum for the No. 54 Nationwide crew is gearing up. Couple that with a driver who at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway (PIR) has victories in all three of NASCAR's top racing series, comprised of four wins and four poles in the Nationwide Series, including a race sweep in 2011 where Busch led every event lap, and you have a recipe for success.
The 27-year-old is recorded as the highest All-Time performing driver at PIR in the NNS with an average start of 6.1 and 793 laps led. This week Busch and his first-year team look to improve their career stats, by adding one more "W" to the column, and finishing out a long season that has challenged them to grow.