Another Week, Another Chance for Kyle Busch
- Kyle Busch has done everything this season except for win. He's led 703 laps, second-most on the MENCS, yet does not have a win. Common sense says Busch's time in victory lane is coming. He's is on pace to lead roughly 1,800 laps this season. Nobody in the last decade has even led 1,000 laps in a season without a win.
- Busch is winless in 14 races this season. That's the third-longest into a season he's gone without a win since becoming a full-time driver in 2005. Busch has won a race in all 12 seasons as a full-time driver.
- However, Michigan has not been kind to Busch. He does have one win at the track but his average finish is 20.4, second-worst of any track in his Cup Series career.
Exciting Finishes at Michigan
- Some of the most exciting races each season take place at Michigan. Since 2008, the final lead change of the race happened in the last 10 laps in nine races at the track.
- The two drivers that bookend that list - Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - highlight notable storylines this season.
New Kids on The Block
- Larson notched his first career Cup Series race at Michigan in August. First-time winners are a theme of late. Three drivers have won their first career race this season, all in the last five races. It's the first time since 2011 there have been at least three first-time winners in a single season (5 in 2011).
- Larson was the second driver to earn his first career Cup Series win at Michigan, joining NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.
Can Dale Jr. Turn It Around at Michigan Again?
- It's been a rough final season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He's finished 30th or worse in six races to go along with just one top-5 finish. Earnhardt Jr.'s average finish this season is 22.9, which would be the second-worst of his 18 years as a full time Cup Series driver.
- However, Michigan has been a place where Earnhardt Jr. has gotten right in the past. He snapped a 76-race winless streak at the track in 2008 and a 143-race winless streak in 2012. He enters Sunday race on a 33-race winless streak.
Who's Hot and Who's Not - Michigan Edition
• Kevin Harvick: finished in top 5 in 7 of last 8 races at Michigan
• Matt Kenseth: 3 wins, 14 top 5s and 20 top 10s at Michigan are most or tied for most among active drivers
• Chase Elliott: finished 2nd in both career MENCS races at Michigan
• Joey Logano: 11 top-10s in 16 races at Michigan, more than any other track
• Kyle Larson: won 1st career Cup Series race at Michigan last year; 6 top-2 finishes this season, most in MENCS
• Jimmie Johnson: 5 top-5s in 30 career races in Michigan, T-lowest pct of any track in his career
• Kyle Busch: no top 10s at Michigan in last 7, and 9 of last 10 races
-- ESPN Stats & Info --