Why is that the case? Because, with just three races remaining in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Busch and his team are very much in the championship battle, and a win Sunday at Texas would be bigger than ever before as it would punch his ticket to the Championship Four showdown at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks.
After sweeping the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup races at Texas in April 2013, Busch hopes he can at least equal his impressive Sprint Cup weekend there two years ago, which saw him lead eight times for a race-high 171 laps and bring home his first Texas win in NASCAR’s top series.
Last season, while Busch didn’t visit victory lane at Texas in either Sprint Cup race, he brought home two solid top-five finishes – third place in the Duck Commander 500 in April and a fourth place finish in the November AAA Texas 500. That gave him five top-fives in his last eight starts at the 1.5-mile oval. He has 19 career Texas starts with eight top-fives in all.
While the 2013 Sprint Cup win was Busch’s first there, he has been no stranger to victory lane at Texas. He reeled off an incredible string of five consecutive Xfinity Series wins there from April 2008 to April 2010. Add his two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins in November 2009 and 2010 and it’s no wonder Busch is eyeing victory lane Sunday.
He currently sits second in the standings heading to Sunday’s second race of the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jeff Gordon punched his ticket to the four-driver, winner-take-all championship race at Homestead by virtue of his win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last weekend. Now, Busch is the highest driver in the standings not locked into Homestead and will look to either solidify his second position in the points or, better yet, automatically punch his own ticket to the championship round with a win.So while Busch and his M&M’S Crispy team look to add yet another signature cowboy hat and six-shooters as race winner in the Lone Star State to their steadily growing trophy collection, Busch knows that victory on Sunday would be bigger than any of his previous Texas wins.