First-time Kansas winners have little luck repeating
Kansas Speedway is no place for Busch Series drivers seeking repeat victories. Why? It simply hasn't happened, writes Rupen Fofaria.
AROUND THE GARAGEKansas Speedway has proved to be an unforgiving hostess to drivers seeking repeat victories.
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EDWARDS STILL FOCUSEDDespite his enormous points lead in the driver standings, Carl Edwards maintains focus each weekend. He is looking at the owners' standings, where Roush Fenway Racing is in a battle with Richard Childress Racing. Edwards' driver standings margin is 754 points. Roush's lead is just 39 points.
"We have six races left, and we want to gain as many points as possible and make it count," he said. "These last races are at very good tracks, and we will make it exciting for the fans."
RAGAN EYES ROOKIE TITLESNo driver has won both the Busch and Cup rookie of the year honors in the same season. David Ragan aims to change that. He has a 24-point lead over Marcos Ambrose in the Busch Series rookie race and trails Juan Pablo Montoya by 15 points in the Cup Series rookie race.Ragan feels good about his Busch margin. It's the Cup race he's a little concerned about."The rookie race is pretty close right now," he said. "We are within a few good finishes of catching Montoya, so we are really going to be focusing on getting some successful finishes throughout these final eight races."
Busch drivers are hoping to change that in Saturday's Yellow Transportation 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).Joe Nemechek managed to sweep the Busch and Cup races here in 2004, but in the Busch record books, he has only one Kansas win to his credit. Same as Jeff Green (2001), Jeff Burton (2002), David Green (2003), Kasey Kahne (2005) and Kevin Harvick (2006).Greg Biffle knows just how cruel the track can be. He led 136 laps in 2005 but finished second to Kahne. He's been close a number of times, in fact."I haven't won a Busch race there yet, but I've never finished outside the top 10, either," he said. "We just need to put it all together for a win. We've come close a few times, but so far have fallen a little short of our goal." Matt Kenseth knows how Biffle feels. Last year, he led 145 laps and finished second to Harvick. No ill feelings, though. Kenseth is eager to get back and try again."I like Kansas," he said. "It's definitely a multi-grooved track that is smooth and wide like Chicago. We did pretty well there last year, so hopefully we can pull off something similar this year."Rupen Fofaria has covered NASCAR for ESPN.com since 2002. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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