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2012 Texas II: Kyle Busch NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Oct 31, 2012 - 05:00 PM
2012 Texas II: Kyle Busch NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

There is no denying Kyle Busch's ability when it comes to the 1.5-mile Lone-Star-State Track of Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth. Across 36 career starts in all three of NASCAR's premier racing series, Busch has recorded seven wins, 20 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and two poles. This week he'll visit the appropriately referenced "No Limits" intermediate track, with one goal in mind, to visit victory lane with Toyota and his own No. 54 Monster Energy team.


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While he hasn't secured victory at TMS in the Sprint Cup Series, Busch has proven to be a regular winner's circle visitor in the NASCAR Truck and Nationwide Series. In the Truck Series, Busch mastered two wins over 2009 and 2010. In the Nationwide Series, his resume boasts 5 wins, but more impressively, the 27-year old Las Vegas native has dominated the Nationwide Series events consistently. Busch won both 2008 events, then repeated by winning both 2009 events, then continued to show his strength with a spring 2010 victory as well. When he returned for the fall 2010 NNS event, Busch finished in second place, narrowly missing a three-year sweep.

In 2011, Busch had another opportunity to finish well until an on-track incident took away his ability to finish the race. Now the young team owner-driver looks forward to returning in 2012, to continue his winning streak. Across Nationwide Series drivers, Busch has recorded the fastest race laps and maintains the most amount of laps led in series competition at this venue. Will 2012 be the year the all-time winningest driver in the Nationwide Series resumes his winning streak and masters the Lone-Star-State track as an owner and a driver? If records are any indication, history is likely to repeat itself.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series Monster Energy Camry:
You have a strong record here in the Nationwide Series, what is it about Texas that you enjoy?
"It's a fast race track. I enjoy the speed here and especially in the Nationwide Series I feel like I've done a good job getting the car handling right. Those wins over a couple of years here were definitely a confidence booster. But setting up the car so that it has the right amount of grip is going to be important. They tend to have long green flag runs here, so track position will be key. Hopefully our qualifying effort will put us up front and we can stay there."

Mike Beam, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series Monster Energy Camry:
You didn't have the chance to finish the Texas event the way you wanted to, fighting engine issues in the spring. This week you return with an improved chassis and your team owner behind the wheel. What are your expectations?
"We ran well with this car the last race at Chicagoland (Ill.) and had a chance to win with it. We have worked on this car since Chicago, after some wind tunnel development test time. It should perform well. We have come a long way since our first Texas race and hopefully we can win this time for Kyle, Toyota and Monster Energy. For all of their support, they deserve to win. We will do everything in our power to deliver that to them."

Kyle Busch's No. 54 Monster Energy Camry:
Chassis KBM-008: KBM will unload car #008, raced at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth with Kurt Busch, who endured engine problems and finished in the 30th position. The Camry had its second start of the year at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, with Kyle Busch, who started 12th and brought home a third-place finish. Over the summer, chassis #008 competed at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, again with the elder Busch, then at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway with team owner Kyle Busch, both producing second-place finishes. The backup machine is Chassis KBM-003, raced five times this year with three top-five finishes recorded.

Notes of Interest:
> Loop Data Statistics over the past seven races, record Busch first in Driver Rating (124.9) at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, with a Pre-Race Box Score that includes the Highest Number of Fastest Laps (535) and Percentage of Fastest Laps (25.8), Most Laps Led (1040), Highest Percentage of Laps Led (43.1), Fastest Driver Early in a Run (177.222 mph), Fastest on Restarts (168.808),
>Busch is recorded second in the categories of: Average Running Position with an Average Finish of 7.6, Fastest Driver Late in a Run (171.766 mph), Green Flag Speed (173.891 mph), Percentage of Laps in Top 15 (85.4) and Speed by Quarter (2.354 sec.) and Speed in Traffic (172.647 mph)
>Busch accomplished the first career pole with his KBM team in week 24, at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, continuing a nine-year streak from 2004, of consecutive pole positions as a driver in the Nationwide Series.
>Busch holds an eight-year streak from 2004 to 2011 of consecutive seasons with a win in the Nationwide Series.
> Crew Chief Mike Beam's Texas Motor Speedway statistics include 22 races, two wins (NNS), seven top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes, two NNS poles and 415 laps led.

-All-time winningest driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with 51 victories
-Entered the 2011 season with at least one win in each of the last eight years and one pole in each of the last nine years
-2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Champion Driver for JGR (a record 13-win season)
-2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver's Championship and Owner's Championship with JGR
-2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Champion Driver for JGR
-2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year

What are fans saying about Kyle on Social Media sites?
Facebook: Kyle Busch (118,389+ followers)
Patricia Diehl You made me very proud to be your fan today Kyle. Great run and great interview. So sorry for the loss of your friend and employee. Prayers for his family. See you in Phoenix! (Oct. 28)
Shannon Pack You're awesome and I am elated at today's finish...this year has not been easy, luck wise... BUT...this year you have really shown a lot of maturity and professionalism. You can drive and win, that's for sure! And now you have shown that you have got a handle on the spoutin' off issues. GOOD JOB!! Looking forward to seeing you be a CHAMP!!! (Oct. 29)
Steve Tarr Great comeback...congrats on that!! (Oct. 28)
Paula A Miller Kick ass. Kyle rocks!!! (Oct. 28)
Peanutt Brown See they all admit you were meant to be in the Chase. Good job! (Oct. 28)
Timothy Blackwell Great job Kyle! Getting' all Rowdy! (Oct. 28)

Twitter: @KyleBusch (286,500 + followers)

@loveablemeadow You rock!!!! You will always be a winner to us!!! (Oct. 20)

@18m_and_m I can't believe the terrible luck @KyleBusch has had. Fun race to watch in person tho! (Oct. 20)

@AZRacingfan I'll say it for you & Team..DAMN!! I swear, it has to be a conspiracy...so close, so close! (Oct. 20)

@DonaldsonJake Hell of an effort today, not too far away from dominating Nationwide KBM (Oct. 20)

@Davey7854 Great driving Kyle. Hope to meet you & Kurt when ya'll test '13 (Oct. 20)

@Kindnuguz You have been up front with the best all year. That says a lot! (Oct. 20)

Kyle's preferred Monster Energy drink flavor:
Original Monster Energy Green

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