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Busch goes for second straight win at Watkins Glen International



Last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Kyle Busch finally ended his 36-race dry spell. With that victory, it lifted a weight off the entire 18 team’s shoulders in feeling like something would always go wrong. At Pocono, things went his way all race and he capitalized with his first win of 2017. That means this weekend at Watkins Glen International the 18 team will look for its second straight win.

If we’ve learned anything about Busch in his career, it’s that he can be a streaky driver. When Kyle and the 18 team get hot, they’re difficult to deal with. Especially at tracks that Busch has run well at in his career. Watkins Glen International is a track that certainly fits that description. In twelve starts at the track, Busch has 10 top ten finishes, 5 top fives, and 2 wins. Busch’s record among active drivers at the track is nothing short of spectacular. He has the best average running position (11.2), best driver rating (110.4), and second best average finish (10.0). With this being the case, fans should expect to see Busch running up front on Sunday.

Busch’s ability at Watkins Glen shouldn’t be the only thing that worries competitors this weekend. With the win at Pocono, he became the 13th driver to punch his ticket to The Playoffs. That means Busch doesn’t have to point race anymore. With that being the case, the 18 team can be much more aggressive with their strategies during the race. All Kyle has to worry about now is improving his current positioning in The Playoff standings. As of now, Busch ranks third in playoff points at 13 (tied with Larson and Keselowski). So for the remainder of the regular season, expect to see the 18 to take more risk in attempts to win stages. Not just this, but also take gambles to win more races. This team has nothing to lose until Chicago and that should scare competitors.