Kyle Busch has proven to be an unstoppable forve when it comes to winning races this year in the Camping World Truck Series. With his success and fellow team driver's success driving the No. 18 truck, Busch finds his team leading the Owner's Championship standings.
Following the win at Talladega, Busch leads the standings 42 points over Germain Racing's No. 30 truck, which is driven by Todd Bodine.
Busch will look to score his seventh win in his 14th start of the season at Texas Motor Speedway with Dallas-based sponsors Interstate Batteries and "I am Second", an Internet-driven outreach ministry.
“It’s definitely not over, that’s for sure," Busch said in the team's race preview. "We feel comfortable with where we’re at, and to win last weekend and be headed to a place we run very well at, it has everyone associated with KBM pretty excited. It’s going to be cool. I think I always expect to win, but I think this season has exceeded our expectations.
"We couldn’t do it without some of the partners that have come on board to help. Again, this weekend at Texas, I can’t thank Norm Miller (Chairman, Interstate Batteries) and everyone at Interstate Batteries enough for their support. I won the Truck race there last year and it’s a place I have always run well at in Trucks and Nationwide. And, lately, we’ve been good on the Cup side there, as well. I’m hoping we can make it seven wins this weekend and get some good exposure for Interstate and IamSecond.com.
"We’re doing an event for I am Second in Dallas on Wednesday night and hope it brings them some exposure, since it’s something that Norm is really involved in and passionate about, and it is a neat deal. We’re looking forward to these last three races and it’s going to be a shootout and a fight to the end.”
In seven previous starts at Texas, Busch has finished in the top three (including a win) in all but two of them. In the two starts he didn't, the reasons were due to a crash (2001) and an engine failure (2007).
Busch's rival Bodine has six wins, nine top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 6.6 in 12 starts at the 1.5 mile oval. The only Bodine finished out of the top 16 at Texas was in 2005 due to transmission issues.
This looks to be no easy battle for Busch as Bodine has been tough all year long, currently leading the driver's title by 216 points over Aric Almirola. Everytime both drivers are on track together, it's always a battle that causes fans to tune in.
And just cause Busch is in the championship hunt, General Manager Rick Ren says don't expect Busch to change his style.
“I think anybody who’s watched Kyle Busch for the last few years, the strategy is ‘race to win'," Ren said in the team preview. "I’ve been through a few of these championship runs the last four years and found that if you change what you’re doing, bad things usually happen.
"Last year (with Kevin Harvick Incorporated), we had a big lead, so we kind of laid low just a little bit. Right now, we don’t have a big lead. You saw what happened at Talladega, we went from 39 down to a 42-point lead. That’s an 81-point swing. Well, if we have a problem, it could swing right back in favor of the ‘30’ truck (driver Todd Bodine and Germain Racing), so we have to race to win.”