Texas Motor Speedway has been a happy hunting ground in recent times for Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch, and he's hoping for more success this weekend as he seeks to bounce back from the deep disappointment of his shock exit from the Chase two weeks ago at Talladega.
With the Cup title itself now out of his reach, the least that Busch is hoping for is another visit or two to victory lane in the remaining three races of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and also the Nationwide Series and Truck championship - and Texas seems like one of the best tracks for him to achieve that.
"It used to not be so much," he said of the chances of his sweeping the weekend. "Texas was really hard for me at the beginning with the Cup cars, for some reason. I took to it right off the bat in the Nationwide stuff.
"I had some wild races there early on in my career and it wasn't one of my favourite places, for whatever reason. Things have gone well, recently," he added. Busch finally gained his first Cup win at Texas in April 2013, which saw him sweep the two-event weekend with a matching victory in the Nationwide race as well.
"It felt good to sit on the pole with a new track record and go to victory lane, doesn't get much better than that," he recalled. "It was a fast race and I expect more of that this weekend. Texas is fast. We're able to carry a lot of speed throughout the turns and down the straightaways throughout the whole race.
"It was a tough day there for a bit, getting loose, trying to slide around, trying to find grip, being able to move to the middle or move to the top. As soon as that caution came at the end, my boys stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam and got us to victory lane."
As defending champion of the event earlier this year he finished in third place, his third top-five in his past five starts at Texas and overall seventh top-five in 18 starts at the 1.5-mile oval. Busch also clinched an incredible string of five consecutive Nationwide wins at Texas between April 2008 to April 2010 to add to two further Camping World Truck Series successes in November 2009 and 2010.
"Obviously, the Nationwide Series wins I had there all in a row and getting the win in the Truck Series the last couple of years have been real confidence boosters. I've sort of learned how to drive it a little bit better and I know what I need in my race car to make it easier."
Now he doesn't have to focus exclusively on his title campaign any more, Busch is free to resume triple duty at Texas this weekend and is entered in the Cup, Nationwide and Truck races, and he's clearly looking forward to just going racing at a track that suits his driving style.
"It's a fun place," said Busch. "It's really challenging because of the flatness of the corners, getting into the corners, and then they're so banked through the turns and then the exits of the corners, they kind of fall off really quickly.
"That was always really weird for me to try to figure out because the lateral grip seems to go away so fast on the exit of the turns," he explained. "You kind of want to be straight by that point. It's an interesting facility. Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta all might look exactly the same, but they drive nothing alike. It keeps you on your toes.
"Charlotte has been fast the last few years and Texas has always kind of been that way," he continued. "The asphalt is getting a little bit older but, for as old as the asphalt is, it's still really fast for a few laps and it's still kind of a pain, sometimes, because it is so aero-dependent that, when you do run the bottom, it's hard to pass.
"You've got to be able to move around a little bit and run the middle, run the top and show some ability to go all over the racetrack," he added. "We're getting closer each and every time, it feels like. Sometimes not so much; you kind of go forward and then you go backward and then you kind of come back forward some.
"Hopefully, Texas will be good to us this time around, also, and we can get a win with our M&M's Camry like we did at Fontana earlier this year."
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