Kyle Busch No. 54 Monster Energy Kentucky NNS Preview

23 Jun 2014
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This will be a busy weekend for veteran Kyle Busch who once again is entered in all three NASCAR series events at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, a 1.5-mile oval where the 29-year-old driver has seen much success. Busch has accomplished three victories at Kentucky, one in each of NASCAR’s top divisions, including inaugural events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series. In fact, Busch is the only NASCAR driver to have pulled off a win in all three national series events in one weekend, accomplishing the record in August 2010 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Earlier this year Busch almost pulled off the feat again at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where he won the Truck Series and Nationwide Series races, then unfortunately crashed out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event after exhibiting a strong race-leading effort.

This weekend Busch will once again tackle three consecutive events racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the heat of the Kentucky Bluegrass. Overall Busch has one win (2004), four top-five finishes and 385 laps led in the Nationwide Series at the 14-year old facility. Last year with crew chief Adam Stevens and team, the unit started fifth and finished in the same spot. Busch finished third and fifth respectively in his Truck Series and Cup Series efforts, which negated the chance at a weekend sweep.

In 34 races, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway records three wins, 13 top-five finishes, 18 top-10 finishes, four poles and 654 laps led. The JGR No. 54 Monster Energy team has already earned four series wins this season and look to accomplish their next victory, under the lights Friday with primary driver Busch, the most decorated winner in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and a three-time visitor to victory lane at Kentucky.


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