Kyle Busch Set to Run 2021 Bristol Dirt Nationals to Prepare for NASCAR Bristol Dirt Race

Published 02/26/2021, 12:00 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 06: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, walks on pit road during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)


The 2021 Bristol Dirt Nationals has a new name in its entries’ list, and this time it is NASCAR Cup champion, Kyle Busch. Taking to the dirt tracks, ‘Rowdy’ will compete in the event which is scheduled to take place from March 15th-20th.

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Busch will run a #51 Longhorn Chassis setup for the clash alongside teammate Jonathan Davenport. Safe to say, he is certainly geared up for trying something new in the 2021 racing season.

Busch stated, “Most of my experience in super late models have come on pavement, but I’ve really enjoyed dirt Super Late Model races when I’ve had the chance to run them.”

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Getting some experience will be invaluable, said Kyle Busch

The Joe Gibbs Racing No.18 has prior experience racing and winning a dirt track event back in 2012. He drove in the ‘Prelude to the Dream’ event at Tony Stewart-owned racetrack Eldora Speedway, and will look forward to similar success here as well.

The 35-year-old continued, “Jonathan Davenport’s resume speaks for itself with all the success he’s had in the Dirt Late Model cars, so I’m looking forward to learning all I can from him.

“While the cars are completely different than the NASCAR Cup Series cars we will run at Bristol, just getting some experience on dirt with a great team and a knowledgeable teammate will be invaluable for the following weekend.”

Busch will run a Cup Series race later at Bristol on March 28th

The NASCAR Cup Series, of course, returns with a dirt track race after a span of almost 50 years. On March 28th, drivers will take to the newly crafted dirt surface circuit at the Bristol Motor Speedway, in what has already raised a level of intrigue.

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LONG POND, PA – JUNE 05: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Pretzel Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

So the window of opportunity perfectly sits in Busch’s schedule, as he will gain some valuable insight a week ahead of the Cup clash. By doing so, he can look to hold a competitive edge over the others and utilize them to have a good racing weekend.

Therefore, it will certainly interest to see how Busch makes the best use of the Bristol Dirt Nationals, as he enters a world different from his usual Cup Series routine.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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