This week the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits the 'Windy City's' Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway for the STP 300 event, race 18 of the 33 season schedule. Kyle Busch will return to the seat of his company-owned No. 54 Monster Energy Camry, in search of that first win as driver of his own vehicle. To date, Kyle has attempted a 2012 NNS victory nine times with the young team he started last December, out of the Kyle Busch Motorsports camp in Mooresville, N.C. Busch's brother, and fellow Monster Team Athlete, Kurt has jumped behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota eight times this year, already enjoying the success of a win, from Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in April.
In its inaugural season, the Monster Energy Camry has accumulated one win, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. For the stand-alone Nationwide Series event on Sunday, from the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Chicagoland, the KBM group will be bringing a chassis to the field that has seen track time already this year. Chassis #006, the team's primary intermediate-track race car, has raced three times in 2012. At Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway in March, with Busch behind the wheel, the young team accomplished their first top-10 result, finishing eighth. Raced in Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May, with Kurt Busch as driver, chassis #006 brought a top-five start and another eighth-place finishing spot. Then in June, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, the elder Busch advanced their success with this car, bringing home a third-place finish.
The team is hopeful for an even better performance this week from their veteran car and driver. Busch maintains the title of being the winningest driver in the Nationwide Series, with 51 victories across 231 series starts, including 23 poles and 10,682 laps led. He currently holds an eight-year streak for consecutive wins. Although there is still plenty of time to accomplish the task this year, Busch and team are focused to ensure that win streak isn't broken, hoping Chicagoland Speedway offers the fledgling group another chance to visit victory lane, this time with their owner as the man behind the wheel.