The Brother’s Busch will defend their home turf as NASCAR’s tour of the great American West wraps up this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle, the winner of the 2009 Las Vegas race, currently sits atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings while older brother Kurt trails by only three markers. Not since the father-son pairing of Bobby and Davey Allison in 1988 has NASCAR witnessed family members occupying the top two spots in the standings.
Driver’s hoping to knock the Busch’s from their pedestal should be prepared for a shootout as both Kyle and Kurt are listed among the track’s top statistical performers. The highest of the drivers though is two-time Kansas Speedway winner Jeff Gordon, hot off a drought-ending victory at Phoenix last weekend. Gordon has one win, six top fives, and seven top 10s at the progressively banked tri-oval.
Other preseason favorites looking to make up ground are three of last year’s chasers and Richard Childress Racing teammates, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, all of which are out of the top 20 in points. Joining them is two-time Kansas Speedway winner, Greg Biffle, who currently holds the 28th position. “We haven’t started the season the way we hoped but we’re definitely looking forward to getting on track this weekend to see if we can turn things around,” said Biffle.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will do battle on Saturday in Las Vegas. Peachtree City, GA driver Reed Sorenson carries a five point series lead into the race over the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Joe Nemecheck, a former Kansas Speedway winner and Danica Patrick, who owns one IndyCar pole at Kansas Speedway, trail Sorenson by just 20 points and are currently tied for fourth place.
Kansas Speedway race fans can see Gordon and Biffle during both Sprint Cup Series races this year. The first of the two weekends will feature the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, June 5th, 2011. The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 9th, 2011 will highlight the second of two weekends and the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Both individual race and season tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866-460-RACE (7223).
As always, parking is free and fans may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands for enjoying their favorite foods and beverages.