This week the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will return to the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway to compete in the Food City 250 on Friday night. Kyle Busch is the returning 0.533-mile track winner from the Spring Bristol Nationwide Series event, when he started 13th and led 156 laps to take home the victory. This year Busch has piloted the No. 54 Monster Energy Nationwide Series car 16 times, yielding eight total wins, five pole positions, 13 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. He and the No. 54 team compete this week for their ninth win of the year.
Busch is tied with Kevin Harvick as an all-time winner with five victories in the Nationwide Series at the Tennessee short track. Over his career, the Las Vegas native is no stranger to success on the high banks of Bristol. In 42 races across all three of NASCAR’s premier series, the 28-year old has amassed 13 wins, four poles, 23 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and 2,944 laps led. In the Nationwide Series specifically, in 18 starts, Busch has recorded five wins, two poles, 11 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. He is the last driver to win from the pole position at BMS during a Nationwide Series event, done in August of 2011.
The No. 54 Monster Energy team’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, is also no stranger to success on these high banks. Stevens has achieved victory with this team the last two visits to Bristol, during the fall event with former driver Joey Logano and this past spring race with Busch. Stevens and Busch are the perfect combination to tackle the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” once more, and notch another victory in the belts of the No. 54 Monster Energy team this season.