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Kyle Busch plans to survive and advance

Kyle Busch is looking to get through Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC) and move on to the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Busch is eighth on the NASCAR Playoff grid and nine points above the elimination line heading into the final race of the Round of 12. But after a challenging Monday at Talladega in the rain-delayed YellaWood 500, Busch knows things won’t get any easier around the 2.28-mile hybrid road course, oval track at Charlotte.

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A solid day is what the Joe Gibbs Racing driver hopes to have on Sunday.

“Hopefully we can go to Charlotte and have a 10th-place day – that’s all we need,” Busch said. “You look at the guys you’re racing around a little bit. A couple of the Hendrick cars are right around us in points. They’re fast on the road courses, so any one of them could possibly win. We just have to keep ourselves above the cutline.

“We just have to get track position and keep it as much as we can, get as many stage points as possible, and see what we need to do at the end of the race.”

Sunday’s race marks the fourth time the Cup Series will compete on the unique layout. Busch has had little success in his previous three starts. He believes his team has the tools for improving his past Roval performance.

“It’s just a different challenge,” Busch said. “It’s alright. There’s a whole lot of differences there than a typical road course. There have been spots on the track where I could make up time and a lot of other spots where I would lose time, and now those spots where I could gain time are gone. We’ve worked on getting better there and hope we can show that this weekend.”

Busch has become one of the sport’s top road racers. Although he didn’t grow up turning left and right, Busch has evolved during his career and usually excels. He attributes a part of that success to just embracing the discipline of road racing.

“Just enjoy road racing,” he said. “You used to only have two a year and you kind of treated them like an off weekend – come in, have fun and try to run hard and whatnot. Now, there’s four, five, six of them or whatever it is so there’s a bit more work involved to it, but still feel as though it’s fun.

“I’ve always been fast most times on the natural road courses. It’s nice when you have a shot to come up to a track that you know you can get up in the top three or four and go shoot for a race win.”