On-track, Kyle Busch has to face his house of horrors – Kansas – once more

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Kyle Busch was in the news on Wednesday for all the wrong reasons, as he received a citation for speeding.

The news for “Shrub” doesn’t get much better this weekend in terms of his day job: it’s the first time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway this year, and it’s been Busch’s personal house of horrors since his first start at the track in October of 2004.

In 13 starts, Busch has an average start of 16.5 and an average finish of 23.3. Yet that finish would be a step forward by nearly 10 positions after his last three races at the track, where he has crashed out of all three and ended 31st, 38th, and most recently, 34th last fall. He’s on record as saying he’s not a fan of the track’s new variable banking, either.

Additionally, he also had a dust-up with Brad Keselowski in last fall’s Nationwide race at Kansas; Brad K will be under the microscope this weekend as well after his involvement in the big Talladega crash last weekend.

Busch’s best run at the track came way back in 2006, when he led 64 laps and finished seventh; that’s one of only two top-10 finishes he’s posted there.

A good run this weekend won’t erase the past demons, but it would put the spotlight on something other than his on-track disasters and off-track incident that will otherwise be talking points.

The bright side for Busch going into the weekend is that he already has a win this season (Auto Club Speedway), so yet another poor run in Kansas won’t be detrimental to his Chase chances. A poor run in Kansas this fall, however, would.

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018