Pocono Raceway has been both decent and cruel over the years to Kyle Busch. He has six Top-10 finishes in 17 career Sprint Cup starts there, but has also suffered eight finishes of 22nd or worse.
The “Tricky Triangle” is also one of six tracks where he has never won a Cup race (the others being Martinsville, Charlotte, Kansas, Indianapolis, and Homestead-Miami).
However, he returns to Pocono for today’s GoBowling.com 400 after finishing sixth there earlier this summer. On Friday, he made the most of an earlier draw and qualified on the outside of the front row. He believes that he’ll be in contention for a good result this afternoon if he can keep out of trouble.
“I feel like I’ve been pretty good here the last few times,” Busch said according to the Republican & Herald (Pottsville, Penn.). “Just unfortunate circumstances have eluded us from having good finishes here. Last year in the first race, we broke an engine. Second race, we had a brake rotor come apart.
“If we have good solid runs where I don’t speed on pit road or we don’t have mistakes on pit road, we don’t have something break or get crashed or whatnot, we do run well here. I wouldn’t say Top-5s are our norm here. But we should be able to run in the Top-5 and contend for those good finishes.”
Busch was also second-fastest in a Friday practice session, so expect him to have strong pace this afternoon. The question is whether it’ll be strong enough to keep up with pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, who won June’s Party in the Poconos 400 at the 2.5-mile oval.