The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been a very frustrating one for Kyle Busch. At Daytona, a cut tire left him frustrated with Goodyear and a 38th place finish in the season opening Daytona 500. The next week in Atlanta, they just never got a handle on his No. 18 Toyota as he finished a disappointing 16th.
Then, at Las Vegas, his home track, Busch was running third on the final lap in the final turn, but contact with Joey Logano sent him spinning towards a 22nd place effort.
Last week in Phoenix, Busch led a race-high 114 of the 314 laps and held a commanding 3.23-second lead over second place with six laps-to-go, but a caution flag flew for a Joey Logano cut right front tire and accident in Turn 1. Busch, would finish third.
Now, he wraps up the west coast swing hoping the strong runs in the last two races propels him to victory lane. Without some bad luck, Busch would have finishes of third and first respectively heading into Sunday’s race at the Auto Club Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN). Keep that in perspective.
Then, he’s had some stellar finishes at Fontana recently, including two straight victories in 2013 and 2014. He missed the 2015 race due to that injury and last year he came home 25th. But, in 2011 and 2012, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver finished third and second respectively to give him four top three finishes in his last five Fontana starts.
If you go all the way back to 2005, Busch has three victories and 12 top 10’s in the last 16 Fontana starts.
Watch out for him on Sunday.