Kyle Busch takes a sense of assurance with him into Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Given his record at the Southern California track, it’s not surprising.
Busch has three career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at ACS including his first victory back in 2005. He was just 20 years old when Busch won the hot summer evening, at the time making him the youngest winner in series history.
Busch will pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries at Fontana for the first of six Cup Series races this season. The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization for more than 25 years and is the “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing.” This year, the iconic brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, special 65th anniversary branding will be featured in each of the paint schemes JGR will race during the 2017 NASCAR season.
“We ran in the top five all day but didn’t think we had a winning car,” Busch recalls. “When we got the lead a few times throughout the race, we pulled away and led by quite a bit. That was the loosest I’ve ever driven a race car that was still moving forward. But it was fast.”
In addition to Busch’s three Cup Series wins at Auto Club Speedway, he’s totalled eight top-five finishes and 12 top 10s, and has led 604 laps in 18 career starts.
Busch enters fifth race of the 2017 season 13th in the series standings and coming off last week’s frustrating finish at Phoenix Raceway, when it looked as though he was headed for win No. 1 of the season until a late caution flag took that shot away. Ryan Newman won and Busch settled for third place.
But he’s hoping his success at ACS will continue this time also, although he’s not taking anything for granted.
Source: Motor Racing Network