Kyle Busch last year won the preseason event now known as the Sprint Unlimited by narrowly beating Tony Stewart to the finish line.
Busch hopes to defend last year’s victory, but the race is more open than ever given the debut of the Gen-6 car and fan votes deciding several competition elements. Busch is hoping to get a lot out of the race by learning how the new car performs – information he hopes to use throughout the season on the way to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
“We always look at The Sprint Unlimited race as a race to watch to see exactly what’s going to happen and what characteristics you have in your race car. It’s a learning experience for everybody. We’re curious to see how the car is going to race and how it’s going to handle and what it’s going to react like,” the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry was quoted as saying by NASCAR.com.
Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited marks the official debut of the Gen-6 race car, which NASCAR, the manufacturers and teams have been working together on for the past few years. Although drivers have tested the new cars on several racetracks over the past couple of months, it’s the first time the cars will see on-track racing competition.