The NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 starts on Sunday, September. On the 26th, there will be a race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m.). NBC Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. ET). There are three dates left in the round before the field is reduced to eight drivers, but Kyle Busch isn’t planning ahead. His focus is still on putting in a strong first round performance. In a press release issued by the team, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry provided some insight into his preparation. He explained that because Vegas is the first race of the Round of 12, most Cup Series teams try to put extra emphasis on it, and that Talladega Superspeedway and the Charlotte Roval serve as “wild cards” for the drivers and their crew chiefs. “I think everyone goes to Las Vegas putting a lot of pressure on themselves to do well in that race because they know what the next two races have in store for them,” Busch said. “If you ask any crew chief what race in that round they are most focused on, they will all say Vegas to try and have a good race..” With all of the attention on that race, that one will be difficult as well. You simply go out there and give it your all. ”
Busch Achieved a Lifetime Goal at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The driver of the No. 18 Toyota is one of a number of Sin City-based drivers. Kurt, his brother, is also on the list, along with Riley Herbst and Noah Gragson. Herbst and Gragson, both of the Xfinity Series, have yet to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in one of the top three series, while Kurt won during the 2020 Cup Series playoffs.
On the other hand, the younger Busch has accomplished a major goal at his home track. He won in all three major series, including Truck, Xfinity, and Cup. In 2009, Busch won his first Cup Series race in Las Vegas. He won the race after starting on the pole for the Shelby 427 and leading 51 laps.
Busch won two more Xfinity Series races, one in 2016 and the other in 2019. He also won three consecutive Truck Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from 2018 to 2020, driving a Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane each year. “I used to put more stress on myself to win there, no doubt.”
In the press release, Busch added, “I never knew if winning there would happen for me, and it’s neat I’ve been able to win in all three series at Vegas.” “There’s a lot of pressure on those events. For myself, I was able to achieve this in 2009 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where I was able to reach Victory Lane. That was enjoyable. You still want to win even if you can go back years later and race without having to worry about the stress of winning that race. We want to win each and every one of them. That is a proven fact. Overall, coming back to your hometown, especially after watching this place grow from nothing, means even more, and it would be fantastic if we could return to victory lane this weekend with our M&M’S Camry. ”
Busch Has Bigger Goals for the Fall Las Vegas Race
Winning a race at his home track is always a goal for Busch, but he’ll be fighting for even more when he takes the track on Sunday, Sept. 26. He is one of the final 12 drivers in the Cup Series playoffs, and his goal is to win his third championship. Busch will start the Round of 12 in fifth place overall in the standings. He sits nine points ahead of Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski in the standings. He’s also only two points behind Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney. The fact that Busch made it to the Round of 12 is a testament to the No. 18 team’s ability to put the past behind them. On September 1, he crashed early in the first race of the playoffs at Darlington. He was relegated to 35th place with a score of 5. Busch, on the other hand, bounced back with a ninth-place finish at Richmond in September. The Round of 16 was completed with a 21st-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. He gathered enough points to survive and advance, but now he’ll concentrate on winning in Las Vegas.
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