Busch Back For More

Bristol Motor Speedway has always been one of Kurt Busch's favorite tracks and he looks to add a sixth career NEXTEL Cup win to his record in Saturday night's Sharpie 500.

With two out of three trips to victory lane over the last few weeks, a Bristol win would mean even more to Busch at this point of the season.

“If we could win, it would be more than just our sixth victory on my favorite track – it would be much, much more than that,” said Busch.

"It would be vindication, proof that hard work really pays off and confirmation that our COT program is getting there – all wrapped up in one nice package – and we’d have the big trophy to prove it."

Busch is currently the hottest driver on the series, but it wasn't that way back when the campaign began. He struggled early in the yar, particularly in the spring Bristol race, which was the debut of the new "Car of Tomorow."

"The spring race at Bristol was one of the lowest points of my career and I’ve never tried to hide that fact,” said Busch. “It was the debut of our new Dodge Avenger and the very first race for the COT cars. We just fell flat on our tails and I was very embarrassed about it."

But things have changed dramatically for Busch and the Penske Racing Miller Lite Dodge team, which got a big boost by the addition of veteran crew chief Pat Tryson.

"But that was then and this is now,” said Busch. “We’re light years ahead of where we were back then with our COT program at Penske Racing. We left the track that day back in March pretty down in the dumps, knowing that we had our work cut out for us."

With the recent surge and Busch's past success at Bristol, Tryson is hoping for a good weekend in the Tennessee mountains.

“Kurt is a master on this type of track and we’re confident he’ll be able to continue being the new king of the Bristol high banks,” said Tryson.

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