Busch Continues To Race Ahead

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch has the top spot of the Chase locked up but there's still plenty of incentive to win before the playoffs begin starting with Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

After snapping back from a two race lull when he finished 15th and 36th at Chicagoland and Indianapolis, Busch has swung momentum back into his corner.

But even with a season-high eight wins to his credit, Busch knows winning every week in the competitive world of Sprint Cup Series racing is something that is impossible to do.

"We’d love to be the best every week, but it’s not going to happen,” Busch said. “We’ve got to take our bad weeks in stride and move on quickly. Last week was last week, and this week is always a new week. That’s why, when you have a good week and you win, like this past weekend, you try to keep as level headed as you can because you know the bad weeks are going to be there, too."

With the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards also showing strength as the summer stretch winds down, Busch believes he'll have to work hard for more trips to victory lane.

“We’re just out here to race our race and concentrate on making our car the fastest at the beginning of the weekend and then go out there and try to race with the rest of these guys,” Busch said. “We know the 48 is strong, but it took him a little longer than normal to get going this year. Carl has been tough all year, especially on tracks like where we are going this weekend in Michigan. The 9 car [Kasey Kahne] has looked good at times and has had bright spots.

“You also can’t count out Tony [Stewart] and Denny [Hamlin], even though they don’t have the wins to show for it. Steve and I know what kind of equipment and people they have, and the Chase really evens things out for a lot of guys. We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing and we’ll be fine."

Hitting bumps along the way are part of the NASCAR game and when Busch did just that a few weeks ago, he did his best to keep things in perspective.

"I said from the beginning of the year that we just wanted to keep riding and keep going in the way that we have been," he said. "And, fortunately, we’ve been able to do that. Yeah, there have been a couple of weeks when you might fall back a little bit. But you look at Pocono and we were running fourth before we ran out of gas. And then at Indy, we were running in the top 10 much of the day and circumstances just kept us from finishing there."

“You’ve got to keep it going in the right direction and not let one particular week get to you. You have to keep the mountains and valleys as close as possible.”

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