When Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Interstate Batteries team look at the remaining eight races on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar, there are several they have circled that take place on racetracks where they feel they have their best chances of bringing home victories.
One of those tracks happens to be Dover (Del.) International Speedway, site of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400. In addition to Dover’s concrete mile oval used two weekends a year for stock car racing, the venue is also a multi-use facility that also plays host to horsepower of a completely different kind from November through April – live harness racing on its .625-mile horse track that is situated inside the NASCAR high-banked oval.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), knows that a good run at a facility that is known as much for its four-legged competitors as it is for its competition of the four-wheel variety will be the order of the day come Sunday. His history of success on the concrete oval backs up that notion in every respect.
Dover has been as strong racetrack for Busch and the Interstate Batteries team as the Las Vegas native has posted two Sprint Cup wins, three NASCAR Nationwide Series wins and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins there.
Busch will not only try to keep that momentum going this weekend, when he’ll shoot for his fifth top-10 finish in his last six races at the racetrack known as the “Monster Mile,” he’ll also try to recreate the magic of his May 2010 race that saw him lead 131 laps en route to his second career Sprint Cup victory at the track.
Despite barely missing out on this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Busch started off the final 10-race playoff stretch with a solid fourth-place run at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Ill. He was well on his way toward following that up with another strong run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this past weekend. But while running second after leading 48 of the opening 93 laps of the 300-lap race, Busch’s engine began to sour, which led to a disappointing 28th-place finish.
Busch and his Interstate Batteries team look to rebound from their weekend in New Hampshire, for certain, and they know they won’t have time to horse around in their effort to get the “white-hot” Interstate Batteries Camry back to victory lane on the Delmarva Peninsula.