'Rowdy' Busch ready to shake off rough patch with return to Bristol
Aug 20, 2014 at 9:23a ET
It's been a rough three weeks for Kyle Busch, but a trip to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway might be just what the doctor ordered.
In his three most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, Busch has finished 42nd at Pocono, 40th at Watkins Glen and 39th last Sunday at Michigan. That's definitely not where he wants to be running with the Chase for the Sprint Cup just three weeks away.
Then again, if there's anyplace on the NASCAR circuit where Busch could enjoy a dramatic reversal of fortune, it's the 0.533-mile Tennessee short track. Here, Busch has an astonishing 16 NASCAR touring series victories -- five in Sprint Cup, seven in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and four more in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Four years ago at Bristol, Busch became the first -- and so far, only -- driver to sweep all three NASCAR touring series races at the same track on the same weekend. And this week he'll be doing the triple again, starting with Wednesday night's Truck Series race.
FOX Sports 1 will televise qualifying from Bristol Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup at 8 p.m. and the race at 8:30 p.m.
Busch is clearly ready to get back on track, figuratively and literally.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks," he said. "It's been a struggle. We had an engine deal (at Pocono). Watkins Glen, we got behind and had a fueling issue and trying to get our lap back, we got crashed. And then last Sunday at Michigan, the car was really good -- really awesome the first couple laps on the bottom of the racetrack. So I got greedy with it and took it to the outside and just got loose and crashed, got into the wall."
Busch said his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have been mostly competitive in recent weeks; it's just that his luck hasn't been there.
"I felt like our cars were mostly competitive," he said. "They certainly haven't been 30th-place cars or anything like that. We just haven't quite been able to finish."
He'll get the chance to finish three times this week, starting Wednesday night.
"I look forward to Bristol," Busch said. "Bristol hasn't been quite as friendly as we would have liked for it to be the last few times. (JGR teammate Matt) Kenseth has run well the last few times, so I need to pick his brain a little bit on getting ready to go there."
Chances are Busch won't need much advice for Wednesday night's race. In six Truck Series races so far this year, Busch has five victories and one fifth-place finish.
VIDEO: Kyle Busch hits the wall at Michigan