As Kyle Busch’s son, 6, advises him to finally win the Daytona 500
After 17 Daytona 500 appearances without a win, Kyle Busch is back to square one. He starts from scratch. He recently made an appointment with the most experienced driver in the family.
Busch’s 6-year-old son, Brexton, who recently won a dirt track race, offered his advice.
“He’s winning more than me these days, so someone better send him a contract,” he said during an open mic interview after NASCAR’s Clash at the Coliseum.
With the Daytona 500 approaching on February 20th, the elder Busch may need another advisory session.
‘Hello son?’ Dad, aka Kyle Busch, needs some advice on how to win the Daytona 500
Busch was engulfed in flames last year. On the final lap of the Daytona 500, Busch, Brad Keselowski, Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer and Joey Logano collided in a fiery crash along the exit wall. Busch ended up in 14th place. In 2020 he had engine problems in the season-opening race and finished 34th.
It was similar to how he started his career at Daytona International Speedway. He finished 38th on his debut, but still managed to finish on the run. Including the summer races at Daytona, Busch has started 33 races at Daytona and secured just one checkered flag but 11 DNFs. His The average finish at the beach is 19.7.
Busch needs more help checking off one of his final career boxes.
“That’s at the top of the to-do list,” said Busch via zoom conference call on February 15, the start of Speedweeks. “This box has not yet been ticked.”
Busch tries to fill the void in the trophy room with Daytona 500 honors
As an active Cup Series leader with 59 victories, Busch has reserved a spot for the Harley J. Earl Trophy, awarded to winners of The Great American Race.
“That would be nice,” Busch said.
Among the issues the elder Busch is likely to raise with his young advisor are the specifications of the new next-generation cars for the 2.5-mile superspeedway. During testing at Daytona last month and September 2021, teams found the 510 horsepower and 7-inch spoiler package to be the most competitive setup.
Much of the data gleaned from his second-place finish during the Clash at the Coliseum on February 6th will not prove of note until the tour hosts Richmond Raceway (April 3rd) and Martinsville Speedway (April 9th). rolls. For Daytona? Speedweeks will also be reserved for a few trial and error spins.
Whatever the team does, Busch has to do something else.
Including his 102 Xfinity Series wins and 61 Camping World Truck Series wins, Busch has amassed 222 National Series Checkered Flags, a NASCAR record.
Still, there’s that empty box next to Daytona 500 on his career to-do list.
It’s a big void.
Busch received a confidence boost during the Clash at the Coliseum
Prior to the Clash outing, Busch left the one-mile Phoenix Raceway unsatisfied with the performance of the Joe Gibbs Racing machine. Still, the team made adjustments and Busch coped well enough with the new technology to lead 64 laps at exhibition height. He lost to Joey Logano by 0.877 seconds.
“That was a bit of confidence for me and my boys as we went into that part of the season with Phoenix and Martinsville coming up,” he said. “We will see.”
If Busch has questions, he knows who to turn to.
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