Ahead of the wrecks

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Saturday, Aug 09 1675

In Kyle Busch's estimation, there's a major difference between the high-speed road course at Watkins Glen and the slower, more technical course at Sonoma Raceway.

The difference? It's harder for fellow competitors to wreck Busch at the Glen, because it's harder for them to catch him.

"I think one of the biggest things that lends to my success here (at WGI) is less opportunities for mistakes by others," said Busch, the defending winner of the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Every single time I've been at Sonoma, I've wrecked, so that's why the results are so bad there."

Though Busch has one victory at each track, his average finish at Sonoma is 20.9 versus 8.1 at Watkins Glen.

"I think it's been eight, nine races in a row or something at Sonoma where I've been spun out, and here I tend to be fast enough to be out front, to not have people around and don't get spun out.

"Now that I say that, I'm sure that will change. Knock on wood, and go into Sunday, I guess."