Kyle Busch’s 29 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have come at 17 of its 23 different racetracks. Those 29 wins on tracks of virtually every shape and size are certainly proof of the Las Vegas native’s versatility and fierce appetite for checkered flags.
Always looking for more, the driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is hungry to add a place not currently on his Sprint Cup win list – Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the site of Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
Busch would like nothing more than to win at Indy. It’s a race he and most of his fellow competitors consider part of Sprint Cup’s “Big Four,” an elite list that also includes the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
There are certainly reasons for optimism this year for Busch and the SNICKERS team as they hope to capture another crown jewel at Indianapolis, much as he did with his 2008 win at Darlington. And, to further help the cause, Busch spent two days in a Goodyear tire test session at Indy last month that they hope generated useful information to be applied to what will hopefully be a winning setup for Sunday afternoon’s 400-mile race.
Coming out of the last off weekend of the 2014 season and with just eight races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins, Busch and the SNICKERS team carry plenty of momentum into Indianapolis after runner-up finishes in two of the last three Sprint Cup races. A strong run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon two weekends ago showed that JGR as a whole is starting to make strides in hopes of becoming a major player when NASCAR’s version of the playoffs begin in September.
So, earning the right to kiss Indy’s famed “Yard of Bricks” come Sunday afternoon – a tradition for winning drivers and their team at the century-old speedway – would shoot straight to the top of Busch’s ever-growing list of accomplishments, for certain. There’s a hunger that Busch and the SNICKERS team hope to satisfy by getting to the checkered flag first at historic Indianapolis this weekend.