|Rowdy looks to repeat his win last spring at Richmond.|
By Steve Pouliot - 25 April 2012: Kyle Busch has been the man at Richmond the past three spring races, winning each of the Sprint Cup events at the Virginia short track. The 26-year-old has an average finishing position of 5.0 at Richmond, tops among all active drivers, including JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, whose average finish there is 7.6. Busch has completed all 5,610 laps available to him in his 14 career Richmond starts. To say that the Joe Gibbs teammates excel at Richmond night racing is an understatement. The two kick ass at Richmond.
“I’m not sure exactly what it is about Richmond that fits my style." Busch said recently. "When I first went there in the Trucks, I was terrible. And then they repaved the place and I went there in a Nationwide car with Hendrick Motorsports and pulled off a win right away. It’s been a good track for me ever since then with both the Nationwide and the Cup Series and I have just taken a liking to it. You have to be so technical there. The speeds are really high, but yet it’s a short track. You really have to be on top of your game to be sure the car stays under you."
Busch give plenty of credit to teammate Hamlin. "I think a lot of it comes from Denny, being that it’s his home track. I’ve been good there in Hendrick and JGR cars. But Denny and I really feed off each other an awful lot in Richmond. We use each other a ton there just to be sure we can beat the rest of the competition, of course. We do like similar setups there, unlike other mile-and-a-half tracks or two-mile tracks where we don’t run very similar setups. Richmond is one of those places where we both know what it takes to get around and we’re both similar to one another that we both run well." Rowdy said.
In his career, Kyle Busch has three finishes outside the top five. One of those is a 6th, last September. Rowdy is outstanding at Richmond. He'll find his stride this weekend. The only question is whether or not he has enough to beat teammate Hamlin.
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