Kyle Busch is a Nashville Cat
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kyle Busch takes to the track at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. He is one of the few Sprint Cup regulars entered in the Nationwide Series race there.
Can’t wait, Busch said this week. He is a Nashville cat and is more than willing to give up a portion of his Easter holiday weekend to race in Tennessee.
Busch will be looking for his first victory at the track and few will be surprised if he gets it.
In fact, Busch will be looking for his first morsel of success as Nashville’s been an a bummer for Busch. He’s got only one top-10 finish in six tries, a sixth-place in his first race there in 2004. Last year he captured the pole and led a race-high 125 laps but a self-inflicted wound, a spin on Lap 62, took him out of contention and he finished 16th.
Of racing at Nashville, Busch said:
Question: What are your overall thoughts heading into Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway?
Busch: “To me, I like going to Nashville . It’s a fun little racetrack – a mile-and-a-third concrete racetrack. I’ve been so close there a few times, being able to win a race. Last spring, I think I qualified on the pole and led the most laps and, coming down toward the end, just got too loose and spun through the grass. A few years ago before that, we were leading with 10 to go and passed Clint Bowyer, and then he dumped me off turn two. That was the one that Michael Waltrip won. It’s a weird racetrack, sometimes. The most prestigious prize you get from that event is the trophy, of course – the Gibson guitar. Hopefully, we can get one of those and bring it home. I’ve got one from an ARCA race there, but it sure would be nice to win one in the Nationwide Series.”
Question: What do you expect heading into Nashville , which is one of the few concrete tracks the Nationwide Series visits?
Busch: “Concrete can be a little treacherous when there isn’t a whole lot of rubber on the track, since it gets pretty slick. Once we get some rubber down on the track in practice, it gets a lot better. The first few years I ran at Nashville , the track was really slick. But then they ground on it and built some grip into the track where we can race well with each other there. It’s a great place. It’s a really fast and cool mile-and-a-quarter-or-so racetrack, so everybody seems to have fun there.”