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Can Kyle Busch Pull Off Another Martinsville Win?

Photo by Martinsville Speedway via Flickr


Recently, Kyle Busch has made Martinsville look easy. In his last 4 starts, he’s finished 5th or better. With the type of speed the #18 has been showing lately, a win isn’t far fetched.

On another note, Kyle Busch narrowly made it into the Round of 8 after trouble in the Round of 12. Things started strong in Charlotte, but while running in the top 5, Busch smacked the wall. The car had a lot of damage, but the team wasn’t ready to give up. They made repairs, but ended up spinning out before the end of the event. The team would finish that event in the 29th spot.

The following week the Las Vegas native headed into Talladega looking for a better weekend. That weekend would again be a disappointment after being caught up in the Talladega “Big One”. Busch almost made it through the mayhem, but a spinning Jimmie Johnson sent him around.

The next weekend at Kansas didn’t give Busch near as much trouble. After a big wreck, teammate Matt Kenseth was in the garage and done for the day. Chip Ganassi teammates Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray were also done for the day. This gave Busch a cushion on top of the cutoff. The team would go on to finish 10th.

Kyle Busch’s Martinsville Stats

With the past few weekends behind him, Busch is ready to look to the future. Particularly to Martinsville, where he has had a lot of success. Just last April, Busch led 274 laps and finished runner up.  A year before, he finished one spot better, ending the day in victory lane.

Overall, Busch has claimed one race win, 12 top fives, and 13 top tens in 24 starts at the Virginia short track. Among all active drivers, he sits third in the average running position at Martinsville (11.6).

Can Kyle Busch claim his second grandfather clock? Find out Sunday when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue.

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