Kyle Busch has had a disappointing NASCAR season to date and is 13th in points. If Kyle Busch remains 13th and doesn’t get any race wins he will not be in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. He has to get a win or two like his teammate Denny Hamlin. The Joe Gibbs drivers of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have won the five races here between them prior to Kevin Harvick’s win last fall. Kyle Busch needs to start winning and now is the best place for him to start. This weekend’s race is another short track race on Saturday Night under the lights. It doesn’t get better than this. This week’s NASCAR race is the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Richmond is a 3/4 mile short track with 14 degrees of banking in the corners and 8 degrees in the straights. Although it is a short track it is also a fast track with multiple groves. The Driver and the Crew need to be on it in order to make it to the end and stay at the front. Tempers will be flaring when this one is done and possibly before. The race is 300 miles or 400 laps.
Denny Hamlin won the race last week at Kansas Speedway but it was widely expected that the drivers who had the statistical edge would win because they were the only two drivers who had an average finish in the top 10. Neither driver won the race, Jimmie Johnson came in third and Greg Biffle came in fifth. This week we have the same situation; Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top 10 with averages of 5 and 7.5 respectively. Denny Hamlin seemingly has the momentum, but it is time for Kyle Busch to get his season going. Kyle Busch won this race the last three years. When asked about this race Kyle Busch said, “If you look at the stats there, it’s about as good as it gets at Richmond for the M&M’s team and I hope we can continue that coming up,”
Other drivers to watch in order of driver rating Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Mark martin and Jimmie Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Jr.is not on the top 12 list in driver rating but has three wins at this track with his last win coming in May of 2006. Notice that our current points leader Greg Biffle nor any of his teammates are in this list. It might be a tough week for Roush Fenway Racing.
Here are some other stories to watch this week. Can Hendrick Motorsports finally get its 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup victory? Can Martin Truex Jr. continue the best season of his career and get a win?
Can Kyle Busch go back to his winning ways? Tune in to FOX on Saturday April 28th at 7:30 p.m. ET to find out.
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