18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing two spots, from eighth to sixth, after Indianapolis, Kyle Busch lost the most ground among drivers in the top 10 after Pocono, falling four places in the standings, from sixth to 10th place. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 146 points, is six points behind ninth-ranked Clint Bowyer and leads 11th-ranked Kevin Harvick by three points.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 9 career starts, 2 wins, 4 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in 2008 and 2013. Finished first in this race last year and was seventh in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch has become an outstanding road course racer at Watkins Glen, finishing in the top 10 in all but one of his nine starts there (his first effort, in 2005, he finished 33rd). He seeks his third win there this Sunday: "I love Watkins Glen. I enjoy the road courses - both of them - but more so Watkins Glen. I just have a better feel for that place, whatever it is that allows me to do so well there, and so I'm excited about getting to Watkins Glen and hopefully being able to get that monkey off our back in that Nationwide Series there and bring home a trophy. I've not won at that place in Nationwide, yet. And, to carry on our Cup success there that we've had over the last few years and sweep the weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Busch had one of his worst showings of the season at Pocono, suffering engine failure and retiring after just 23 laps, ultimately finishing 42nd out of 43 drivers.
ETC.: Busch has completed a perfect 100 percent (814 laps) of the 814 total laps contested in nine career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is an outstanding 7.1 and his average finish is an equally outstanding 8.1. He has zero DNFs there.