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Kyle Busch looks for third straight Brickyard 400 Win

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This weekend NASCAR heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. The winner of the event the past two years, Kyle Busch, will enter the race winless in 2017. So this means not only will he be attempting to three-peat at the track, but also be attempting to get his first win of 2017. This is an unfamiliar spot for Busch, who is usually locked into The Playoffs by this point of the season.

However, if the past two seasons are anything to go by, this weekend at the Brickyard could produce that win. In 2015 Busch won the event in NASCAR’s high drag aero package. Kyle led 19 laps and hung on to the lead on several late race restarts to secure the win. In 2016 Busch put on an absolute clinic. Busch led 149 of 170 laps and once again had to defend the lead on several late race restarts. While the last two years have been impressive for Busch, they do not tell the complete story for his performance at the track.

In his Monster Energy Cup series career, Busch has 12 starts at the track and has only two finishes outside of the top ten. Since 2012 Kyle has posted an average finish of 3.2 in his five starts. In his career, he has an average finish of 9th at the track which puts him second best of drivers in the field. Not only that but he also has the second best average running position (10.8) and driver rating (105.5).

For Busch, this weekend could be where the 18 team gets their first win of the season. It isn’t that they haven’t been competitive this season either. He currently sits third in the Cup Series standings and has had several opportunities to win. But so far this season it seems like if something can go wrong it will go wrong. From speeding on pit road to bad pit stops, it seems it has cost the team at least five wins. While the going has been tough for Busch this season, it’s hard to hold him down for long. He has at least one win every season since his rookie year in 2005 and for Kyle, it seems like there is no better place than the Brickyard to get back on track.