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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Update... Busch enters Talladega 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings, 17 points below the eighth-place cutline with two races remaining in the Round of 12.
Did You Know? Busch has racked up four top-10 finishes in five restrictor plate races this season (average finish is 8.40) and has led at least one lap in four of those five races.
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KYLE BUSCH QUOTES:
How did you and crew chief Randall Burnett decide to stay out and stretch the fuel at the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway?
“We were obviously short on fuel, kind of stretching it. I don't think we would have taken that chance of staying out but for the win in Fontana. That opened up our playbook, gave us a chance to be up front, restart up front and go for a win. We were in the right place at the right time, for sure. Sometimes you got to be lucky and we certainly were at Talladega earlier this year.”
How difficult is it to win a race at Talladega Superspeedway?
“All Cup races are hard to win, but speedway races are especially hard to win. You have 30 guys out there vying for it, that have a legit shot to win, barring different circumstances. Just try and miss the wreck. It’s inevitable, it’s going to happen, you’re just not sure when so you just have to make your way through that one the best you can.”
What are your thoughts on the strength of RCR and ECR at restrictor plate races this season?
“I've always known everyone at RCR and ECR have had a good restrictor plate program. We also showed that in both races at Daytona International Speedway, where we were really fast. Talladega is just a crap shoot. It’s just luck. There are so many things out of your control. After the spring race there this year I can’t tell you how many times I probably said ‘we just got lucky today.’”
How much patience is required with this style of speedway racing at Talladega Superspeedway with the Next Gen car?
“This style requires, by far, a lot of patience. You'd like to have some areas of opportunities to where you can make some moves, cycle yourself around a little bit. Man, when you ride around there in parade formation for tens of laps at a time, it gets a bit frustrating. You know that you can do better than that. But you pull out of the line, try to make something happen and you hit a block wall of air and go backwards. Everybody is just the same. It's just so equal. In my opinion there's not enough separation within everyone to put on good, exciting racing at the speedway races. I think it's a bit of a struggle right now.”