Busch Sets Sights On Win

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HAMPTON, Ga. - Kyle Busch has gotten off to a consistent start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but is looking for his first win of the season which he hopes to get in Sunday's Kobalt Tools at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch kicked off his weekend with a good start when he claimed the outside front row starting spot for Sunday's fourth race of the season and will take the green flag next to pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"It was good. It was fast," said Busch. "We probably could’ve had a little bit more but not much. It was a good run for the M&M’s Camry. I’m real happy with that and the way the guys and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) have been working real hard on everything. We’ll take that with our Camry and see what we can’t get here tomorrow. We’ll work on some race trim stuff and get better for Sunday."

While Busch is pleased with the way his season has started he believes there are better things ahead for not only his No. 18 entry but the entire Joe Gibbs Racing operation as well.

"I feel like we’re decent," he said. "I feel like we’re competitive at least. We’re not way far behind. I feel anybody can always be better. You always want to have more. You always want to be faster. I think we’ve come a long way in chassis development on the 18 side and some aero stuff.

"I think the 11 is just going to start seeing some of those trends here soon with new cars and stuff like that as well. As far as the engine power plant goes, I don’t think we’re that far off. You develop a lot of straightaway speed by corner speed so that’s where I feel like we can always gain the most."

As for the lightning-fast speeds in qualifying, Busch says he enjoys the record pace and thinks Sunday's race will be very competitive.

"It’s hard to explain to be honest with you I guess," Busch said of the sensation of speed racing around the 1.54-mile AMS track. "The only thing I’ve ever really been able to give a close description of is pick your favorite off-ramp that the round ones, you know, and drive it as hard as you can drive it and see if it sticks. That’s about as best as I can give a description.

"Here at Atlanta after about 40 laps it’s like doing that off-ramp while it’s raining. Good luck. To me, it’s a fun race track here."

In the final practice session, Busch made some contact with Boris Said in the final session and was 23rd on the chart.

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