MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch is a regular winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, (NHMS) in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier racing series. Among 30 career races at the “Magic Mile,” Busch has recorded seven total wins, including victories in three NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races between 2009 and 2011, as well as the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events he participated in during those same years. The last two Truck Series wins for Busch in 2010 and 2011 were also accomplished from the pole position. This year Busch hopes to add another victory to his resume in the Nationwide Series, this time behind the seat of the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 54 Monster Energy Camry.
JGR statistics in the Nationwide Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway record four wins in 26 races, with 12 top-five finishes, 16 top-10 finishes, one pole and 532 laps led. The No. 54 Monster Energy team’s crew chief Adam Stevens, however, experienced disappointment in 2011 when an on-track accident knocked out the team and then JGR driver Joey Logano.
In 2011, Busch achieved a milestone when he tied NASCAR veteran Mark Martin for the Nationwide series Career Victory lead (49 wins), with a win in that year’s New Hampshire event. The 2011 win was also Busch’s 100th victory in NASCAR’s top-three series combined. Busch has since gone on to achieve 115 total career NASCAR series wins, along with top billing as the winningest Nationwide Series driver, with 57 checkered-flag grabs to date.
Busch was unable to secure a win in New Hampshire in 2012, but did produce one pole and a second-place starting position in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Last year’s Nationwide Series attempt ended when a fuel pressure issue placed him 28th, so he’s looking for a chance to improve statistics there once again. The now 28-year-old looks to notch his seventh victory of 2013 and continue the team’s successful Nationwide Series season, at a New Hampshire short track where he is very familiar with victory lane.
Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series Monster Energy Camry:
What do you like or dislike about Loudon? “This track has long straights and tight turns, so the speed is there, but you have to get yourself slowed down too. The balance of your car from the beginning to the center of the corner is key. You don’t want to work the brakes too hard and then find yourself fighting the car too much. I feel like I can go in there and give Adam (Stevens, crew chief) a good idea of the set up I want. I look forward to seeing what the No. 54 Monster Energy car can do there.”
Adam Stevens, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series Monster Energy Camry:
Your last visit to Loudon ended early, are you ready to go back, this time with Kyle Busch? “We ran there in 2011 with Joey, but didn’t get to race last year. We were decent, but got caught up in a late race crash. Last year’s race was all about track position, which I would expect to see again this year. I love going to Loudon. It’s a beautiful area. It’s cool to watch the modifieds race there. All the different race cars on the track all weekend with all their different tire combinations makes practice a challenge. You have to be very careful that you are adjusting for your car and not for the modified rubber. There are lots of bumps there and it’s extremely easy to overdrive the corner… so the driver has to be on his game. I can’t wait to get there and get started.”
-Kyle Busch Motorsports PR