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Busch brothers leading the way to their hometown

By admin | March 1, 2011

By Richard Allen

Going into this weekend’s NASCAR stop off in Las Vegas two natives of that town are leading the Sprint Cup standings. Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch are 1st and 2nd in the standings after each has posted one top-5 and two top-10s in the first two events thus far in 2011.

Kurt began the season with a bang by winning the Bud Shootout exhibition race and one of the Gatorade Duel qualifying races in Daytona. From there, he scored a 5th place result in the Daytona 500 after leading 19 laps in the ‘Great American Race’ and contending for much of the day.

In Phoenix, Kurt’s Penske Racing Dodge again ran near the front of the pack for most of the afternoon. He led 31 circuits during the day and went on to an 8th place finish. The elder Busch was fortunate enough to avoid two major crashes on the one-mile track which allowed him to put distance on some of the other top series contenders.

Currently, Kurt trails younger brother Kyle in the standings by three points as the two head toward home.

Kyle Busch has done his share of winning already in 2011 as well, just none in a Sprint Cup car. He has won in the Camping World Truck Series as well as the Nationwide Series but still awaits that first trip to victory lane in NASCAR’s top series.

Still, this driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has managed to score an 8th place in Daytona and a 2nd in Phoenix, which is good enough to place him at the top of the Sprint Cup standings. For that matter, if the simple math skills of this history teacher are correct(and that is questionable), Kyle would be leading each of the three top divisions in NASCAR if it were not for the new declaration of a series rule now in place.

Unfortunately for Kurt Busch, coming to Las Vegas does not necessarily bode well for his chances of staying near the top of the standings. In ten career Sprint Cup starts on the 1.5 mile track he has but one top-5 and two top-10s to boast of.

On the other hand, Kyle Busch has had better luck on the home venue. He made a trip to victory lane in 2009 and has placed in the top-10 on three other occasions in a total of seven starts.

The Busch brothers have to be looking forward to making this weekend’s trip to the comfortable surroundings of their old stomping grounds. So far, everything has gone well in 2011 and there would no place like home to continue their good starts.

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