Despite the fact Kyle Busch is a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series winner at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, he still feels like he has some unfinished business at the aptly named “Monster Mile”.
Last September, Busch led an astounding 302 of the 400-lap race at Dover. But, a long, green-flag run at the end changed the race into one of fuel strategy, and he found himself having to come to pit road for a splash of fuel with less than 10 laps to go, foiling a truly dominant performance.
Looking for a little more luck this time around, the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is ready to feast again at Dover, where in the lead-up to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race he’ll begin the weekend competing in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. But the main focus is on the FedEx 400, where Busch will be looking to deliver his 27th career Sprint Cup victory.
Dover, the site of Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks, is one of a pair of concrete tracks that hosts NASCAR’s top three divisions – Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway being the other.
Busch has 20 wins at the two concrete-clad ovals during his nine-year career – a run that includes drives in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Truck Series.
At Dover, he has two Sprint Cup wins, three Nationwide Series wins and two Truck Series wins. As for Bristol, Busch has five Sprint Cup and five Nationwide Series wins, along with three Truck Series wins.
While 20 is a lofty number of wins on just two racetracks, Busch, the winner of two Sprint Cup races already this season is hungry for more.
He’s led 827 laps in the12 Sprint Cup races contested thus far this season, and 750 laps in his career at Dover, all of which bodes well for Busch’s chances at the Monster Mile this weekend. Still, he can’t help but look back on the 302 laps led at Dover that went all for naught. Yes, there is unfinished business to take care of.