Kyle Busch Looks Forward to New Challenge as NASCAR Cup Series Heads to Bristol for Dirt Race

Published 03/24/2021, 2:15 PM EDT
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


This weekend, the NASCAR Cup and Truck Series head to the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. Ahead of the race weekend, Kyle Busch confessed that he is not very adept at racing on dirt. However, he has no choice, since the Cup Series is making landfall there.

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He said, “Our team has relied heavily on Kyle Busch Motorsports. What we’ve done in the Truck Series for our success we had. We won with Bubba Wallace, we won with Christopher Bell, could have won another with Christopher. It’s going to be a learning experience for sure. These vehicles are nothing like I’ve ever driven under, probably. It’s going to be interesting.”

Kyle Busch is still preparing for the Bristol dirt race

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Of course, even though he does not have very high hopes, Busch is not giving up. The 2019 Cup Series champion decided to compete in the Bristol Dirt Nationals from March 15th-20th. Of course, he was not the only one, as Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Corey LaJoie also participated in the event.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Of course, the quartet only competed in Super Late Model cars. Those machines are vastly different from NASCAR cars. Nevertheless, they are still keen to rack up as much experience as possible. Kyle Busch admitted that the Late Model cars were different to the cars that he is used to driving. However, his focus was on garnering some experience and getting a feel for the dirt surface.

It is also worth mentioning that Busch has driven at the likes of the Eldora Speedway. Since that is also a dirt track, it is obviously the closest track to compare to Bristol. Nevertheless, this is still going to provide a unique challenge to Busch and the Cup and Truck Series drivers. One thing is for sure, the 2021 Bristol race will be hugely unpredictable.

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