Kyle Busch Hoping For Win Number 200 At Auto Club Speedway

Defending Race Winner Martin Truex Jr. Wants To Go Back-To-Back

Scott Stiller
March 14, 2019 - 6:35 pm
Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

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FONTANA, CA (93.7 The Fan) - Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is looking to make it two-in-a-row when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits Auto Club Speedway this weekend in Fontana, California.

Busch is coming off wins in both the Xfinity Series and Cup race last weekend at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway and is going for a historic 200-combined NASCAR national series wins.

“It would certainly be nice to get it done on the West Coast swing, but it’s not a necessity,” said Busch.  “It will happen when it happens and you can’t push too hard and do stupid things or make mistakes in order to think too much about the number.  You just have to let the race kind of play out and let it come to you and we’ll see where we are at.”

Busch’s three wins at Auto Club Speedway are second only to Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson, who has six wins at the two-mile oval.

“Really looking forward to Fontana, it’s been a great place for me over the years and would love to get the Interstate Batteries Toyota back to Victory Lane there again no matter what number win that it ends up being.”

Johnson is hoping that heading back to his home state will help him snap an unprecedented 21-month winless streak.  Johnson has the best average finish at the track (7.0), laps in the top 15 (88.5%) and most laps led (880 laps) of any active driver.  Johnson also has 13- top five and 17- top ten finishes to go along with five runner-up finishes.

Defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. is hoping history repeats itself this weekend.  Truex, who won last year’s event with the defunct Furniture Row Racing team, is still looking for his first win since joining Gibbs this season.

Truex did a Goodyear Tire test at Auto Club in January and is looking forward to getting back to Fontana.

“It’s one of my favorite tracks and I felt good about the test back in January,” said Truex, who has two runner-up finishes in 2019 (Atlanta & Phoenix).  “We need to ge in there Friday and unload strong and carry that through the weekend.  I’m excited to see if we can go back-to-back there because it’s really turned into one of the most fun tracks on the circuit.”

If Truex were to win there this weekend he would join Johnson and Busch as the only drivers to win consecutive races at the track.

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