Busch expects fast track conditions at Michigan
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Kyle Busch turns laps at Michigan International Speedway in August 2014. Busch has finished 31st or worse in the last three Sprint Cup races at MIS.
Making his fourth start of the season this weekend, Kyle Busch anticipates racing conditions to be fast at Michigan International Speedway.
Busch, the August 2011 Michigan winner, doesn’t expect the racing surface to have changed with the winter conditions the track is exposed to.
“I expect it to be fast, still,” he said. “With a new surface, there's always a lot of grip and we need more than a couple of years to break it in. I would still expect it to be very fast his weekend. But if you're just a little bit loose there, now you're nervous that just any little bit of getting outside the groove or having a little bit too much yaw will lead to a wreck.”
The track is known for producing some of the highest speeds on the Sprint Cup schedule, including Jeff Gordon’s 206.558 miles per hour pole run last August, the current track record at MIS.
But unlike previous races at MIS, according to Busch, tire wear is not as big of an issue.
“Regardless of new pavement or not, it's wide-open racing, and you can run from top to bottom more and more every race there as the groove widens out,” he said. “The biggest thing used to be to find grip there. But with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now. Before, you had grip for maybe five laps, and then you'd just be out to lunch. But now, the tire wear is all out the window, and the racetrack is very fast.”
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Kyle Busch at Pocono Raceway.
Busch will enter Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 39th in driver standings, coming off his first top-ten of the season at Pocono Raceway last Sunday. Busch gained ground on 30th in points, lowering his deficit to 30th by 15 points with his ninth place run.
151 points out of the top-30, Busch must be ranked 30th or better and score at least one victory by the September Richmond race to be eligible for his third consecutive Chase berth.