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article imageNASCAR: Third win of season is 'pretty cool' for Busch

By John Duarte     May 8, 2016 in Sports
Kansas City - Kyle Busch is on a remarkable run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three wins in six races, the last coming on Saturday in the GoBowling 400, at Kansas Speedway.
“This is pretty cool,” said Busch after his latest victory, adding that his woes at Kansas Speedway could have cause him to contemplate retiring. “Fortunately, I didn't do that. Having a great time here in Kansas this time around.
On Saturday, Busch won at a track where he had never won before, Kansas Speedway, and continued his remarkable run so far this season. Busch has now won three of 11 Sprint Cup Series races and has placed in the Top 5 in all but two of them. He has also finished no lower than second in five of the last six races. Busch said that is the type of “challenge” which he looks forward to every race.
“Every single week, every single year, everything's a challenge. We do this for many reasons. But, for me, it's just the challenge of being able to go out there and to continue to try to thrive and be good at what we do, to win championships, win races,” he said.
Busch led the GoBowling 400 for 69 of its 267 laps and took control of the race on Lap 231. From there on, all he had to do was hold off Kevin Harvick and his brother Kurt Busch, who finished second and third respectively. Kyle Busch sounded almost surprised to find himself in Victory Lane but he was quick to credit the work of pit boss Adam Stevens and his crew.
“We had a Top-5 car going there in the beginning part of the race,” the defending series champion said. “ I didn't know we'd have that much speed in our race car. But Adam and these guys, you know, they continue to impress me each and every week.”
Runner-up Harvick was pleased to be on the podium, adding that the credit goes all to his crew. After a poor qualifying effort, he started way back in the field in 26, Harvick's team tore the car apart.
“From where the car was yesterday, to change pretty much everything on the car and have it be that competitive on the racetrack today says a lot about our team,” said. Harvick. “Thought we had a good run today.”
The biggest disappointment on the evening came to Martin Truex Jr., who led a race-high 172 laps, but his race ended when he had to pit due to a loose wheel.
“I couldn't believe it,” said Truex Jr., who ended the race in 14th place. “Frustrating, but that's how it goes.”
As for winning at Kansas Speedway for the first time, Busch hopes the only two other tracks where he has failed to win will fall in short order.
“It's certainly been some tough roads along the way here at Kansas, but it's certainly nice to win this one,” he said. “I look forward to being (able) yo hopefully knock off some more this year at Charlotte and Pocono to complete the list.”
Busch's best finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway have been second places at both tracks. The next official race at Charlotte is the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29, though the Sprint Showdown and the All-Star Race will be held a weekend prior, while the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 follows a week after Charlotte, on June 5, at Pocono Raceway.
Harvick stays atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings, though Kyle Busch cut the gap between the two in half. Harvick is four points ahead of Busch and 23 points up on Carl Edwards, who sits in third place.
The Monster Mile is next on the list on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Dover International Speedway is considered the fastest oval track in the world. Drivers can cover the one-mile lap in less than 23 seconds at a speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour. The AAA 400 Drive for Autism will be held on May 15. In case you are wondering, Kyle Busch finished second in the last race held at the Delaware race track, in October.
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