NASCAR will hit the Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday for the second coming of the cup race to the track which has gone through some radical changes compared to its past self. The intermediate track underwent modification which now has given it some Superspeedway Characteristics, which was the ultimate challenge to overcome for teams in the early season outing which saw William Byron coming out as the winner t the end.
Going into the race Joe Gibbs Racing has a lot at stake as the top Toyota team has two of their drivers left to secure a playoff spot with just a handful of races left. Among the drivers who have already secured a spot is two times cup champion Kyle Busch, who though got a lucky win at Bristol came up short of a win then and after the outing. Busch will be hoping to get back to the top and secures a second win of the season which can act as more than just a moral and momentum booster for the veteran in the coming races along with the playoffs.
Find out what Kyle Busch had to say about his Atlanta outing
Talking about his last outing at the track earlier this season Kyle Busch acknowledged that the race was crazy as he expected as he literally got a facelift by the whole new surface, layout, and radical changes. He points out that the race was much different from the time when it had fast lap time and a lot of tire falls which had earned him two cup wins, three Xfinity wins, and six truck race wins in the past.
“It was just as crazy as I expected. It literally got a facelift with a whole new track surface and layout and everything. Old Atlanta, you had the old asphalt and really had fast lap times to fire off, and then you had a lot of (tire) fall-off where lap times go down throughout the run,” Kyle Busch said.
Kyle Busch went on to say that the new layout of the track led to some drivers coming up and going down perspective of their speed as the race went like a usual superspeedway outing in Daytona and Talledega. He points out taught the race had a lot of pack racing with the piolets going two or three-wide at the track which showcased how wide the track got during the race.
“That led to having some guys come up through the field and others drop through the field, whether or not they were fast early in the run or slow late in the run, or vice versa. Back in the spring, it was more like what we expected it to be, like a Daytona or Talladega speedway race. We saw a lot of pack racing with some guys (going) two-wide and maybe three-wide, and saw how wide the track got in the time we had on it,” Kyle Busch added.
Kyle Busch went on to add that in the coming outing on Sunday he expects such things to occur again and shares his optimism that they will be able to take out the positives and negatives from the last trace which can benefit them. He points out that he had a roller coaster ride at the track in terms of the result though out his career and shared his hope to contend for the win on Sunday. Kyle Busch added that the race is a whole new ball game for them now and the spring race might be helpful in going for the win.
“We’ll take what we can from the spring race, what we did well, and especially what not to do. Hoping we can figure out how to run up front and contend for the win. The Cup races there, I’ve been really good or really bad, it seems. Obviously, it’s a whole new ballgame there. We threw out our notes from the past during the spring race this year and we’ll just keep building on what we learned,” says kyle Busch.