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April 18, 2013

Kyle Busch on a roll

NORMAN — It’s Kyle Busch’s world once again in NASCAR and everybody else is just sharing track space with him. Until this weekend at Kansas, of course.

Then everyone gets to see just how far Busch has really come in the last 17 months.

Busch won both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in Texas last weekend, his second sweep this season, in a huge comeback at the site of his 2011 NASCAR suspension for deliberately wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. in a Truck Series race.

Now he carries all that momentum into Kansas, his worst track on the circuit. Busch is winless at Kansas in 11 career starts, has only two top-10 finishes and wrecked there during Chase for the Sprint Cup championship races in 2007 and 2010. He also crashed last season.

Still, Busch just picked up his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway and he wants to do the same at Kansas, where his average finish is 21st and is one of only six active tracks where he’s yet to win a Cup race.

“It’s not that you might not like a track or might not like a race ... it’s just a matter of trying to figure it out,” Busch said. “Once you kind of get it figured out or get the right situations kind of lined up, you can have a shot. I look at (Kansas) a lot like Michigan. That’s a place where I struggled for a long time, but we finally were able to break through there for a win two years ago.”

In years past, Busch has dreaded going to Kansas. Not this year.

A year after grabbing just one win across all three NASCAR national series, Busch is red hot again. He’s got two wins in Cup and has won four of the six Nationwide races. He’s also got five top-five finishes in both series.

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