By admin | March 21, 2011
By Richard Allen
If ever there was a race driver and a race track made for each other it is Kyle Busch and the Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver’s brash, aggressive style is perfectly suited for the track’s high banks and close quarters racing.
If there is any doubt, Busch’s record on the track speaks for itself. The younger of the two Busch brothers took both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races held on the east Tennessee concrete oval this past weekend. Add to that, he swept all three major series races last August. He has taken the checkered flag in each of the last five races contested on the track.
Busch has scored five Sprint Cup Series wins and ten top-10s in only thirteen starts. He has three Nationwide wins, including the last two races in that series at Bristol. Add to that, he has won the last three truck races held on the half-mile facility.
This particular venue has always favored drivers who are willing to force their way around others and who can do the best job at gaining a feel for the handling of the car at such a high rate of speed on such a tight track.
Look at the names of some drivers who have collected multiple trophies at Bristol and it would be difficult to argue that each does not fit the description above. Yarborough, Waltrip, Earnhardt, Wallace, Gordon and Kurt Busch. All of those drivers are or were aggressive hard chargers but also very adept at finding the right feel for the car.
While other drivers took turns leading the Jeff Byrd 500 on Sunday, Busch stalked near the front of the field for much of the day. His crew was able to adjust the car based on the information received from their driver. And, on the race’s final pit stop they got him out of the pits in position to take the lead and then hold on to it.
Bristol Motor Speedway has typically been a track that runs in streaks. One driver and team often tend to get on a roll and score win after win there. This happens to be the time for Busch to be on that roll but it is no accident or fluke by any means. Nor was any of the other multiple winners a fluke. This track will expose those who cannot handle it unlike any other and favor those who can.
Kyle Busch can handle Bristol. His style is perfectly suited for the place.
Busch got married on a personal level during this past off season. He has been married to this track professionally for sometime now. He and the Bristol Motor Speedway were made for each other.
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