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April 17, 2014

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Observations from Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway

With his victory Sunday at Infineon Raceway, Kyle Busch now has won a race on every type of track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit (superspeedway, intermediate, short track and road course). …

Busch has one-upped his older brother, Kurt, once again. Although Kurt has 17 career Cup victories to Kyle’s nine, Kurt has yet to win on a road course. Kurt, of course, has something his younger brother doesn't have (yet): a series championship. …

Five victories in 16 starts this season. Just imagine what Kyle Busch could accomplish if he gave up running Nationwide and Craftsman Truck races and devoted his complete attention to the Cup Series (as he did this weekend). …

Busch extended his lead to 109 points over second-place Jeff Burton with 10 races remaining in the “regular season.” …

So much for the road-course “ringers” that land rides for the races at Infineon and Watkins Glen. The four most prominent road-racing specialists in Sunday’s race (Boris Said, Ron Fellows, Scott Pruett and Brian Simo) are a combined 0-for-51 in NASCAR Cup races on road courses. …

Fellows, in 29th place, was the highest-finishing road-racing specialist in Sunday’s race. …

Just how hard is it to win on a road course? Some of the best drivers on the Sprint Cup circuit have never visited Victory Lane at a road course. Jeff Burton is winless in 29 attempts, Bobby Labonte is 0-for-31, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth both are 0-for-16 and Jimmie Johnson is 0-for-12.

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