Talladega Repeat On Buschs Mind

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Kyle Busch has been a nearly forgotten man the last few weeks on the Sprint Cup Series tour, something the Joe Gibbs Racing driver hopes to correct with a second straight win in the Aaron's 499 Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Although he won his first restrictor plate race in last year's spring Talladega race, Busch doesn't think that success gives him any real advantage in Sunday's ninth race of the season.

"It doesn't matter at all," he said. "It's such a crapshoot there in the last 20, 30 or 40 laps that you never really know who is going to win, what's going to happen and where the wreck is going to come from."

The unpredictable nature of a plate race does make it nearly impossible to create a strategy for winning, but Busch does have some elements he knows are necessary for him to have a shot at a repeat trip to victory lane.

"The key there is to somehow stay out of trouble," he said. "In that race, you pretty much stay around the bottom, since there is a lot of grip there, and you can pretty much run wide-open every single lap. Everyone can run up on top of each other. When you get single-file at the bottom, sometimes it's hard to get a lane on the outside with enough good cars to get something going.

"It can be frustrating at times because of that. It also seems to still put on a good race each time we go there. If you can be a contender and stay in line on the bottom, you can make it a pretty easy and safe race. Normally, guys are not content doing that, so that's when it starts to get crazy."

Having teammates and help in the draft is paramount at plate tracks and Busch feels confident his JGR stable will be set for Sunday.

"I think that our Toyotas are pretty good when we get to the restrictor-plate tracks, so Talladega is going to be fine with our Pedigree Toyota," Busch said. "I think we'll have a good run there. Everybody is typically fast at Talladega, so it will be a little bit different. I’m looking forward to it. I feel like myself and Denny (Hamlin) are good drafting partners. And Joey (Logano), he’ll be fine, too. He'll (Logano) be able to get up there and we'll run all together."

Busch already has two wins so far this season, but has finished 24th, 18th and 17th in his last three outings. That makes him hungry to get back to victory lane as soon as possible.

"Next week is where you want to win next," Busch said. "You forget about what happened last week and focus on what's ahead."

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