By Steve Pouliot - 2 May 2012: Kyle Busch has put his shaky spring behind him, witness the #18's win at Richmond last Saturday night. Now Rowdy and his Joe Gibbs Racing team head to the track where luck plays the biggest part of any race on the circuit: Talladega. Busch knows he's got some momentum heading into this weekend, because, in his words "I’ve never had the luck at Talladega. I just want to go there and try and stay out of a wreck – doesn’t matter if it was a top-five or a top-10."
Rowdy added, looking past Talladega, "We had a good car at Darlington and had some loose wheel issues that set us back, so hoping to have a better finish there. Looking ahead to Charlotte, it’s my favorite track and I love going there. I love the All-Star race because it’s a fun format. The 600-miler has been pretty good to me even though we haven’t won a Cup race there. Dover is one of my favorite racetracks, so I’m really looking forward to the summer stretch here and to keep that momentum from Richmond going."
Busch has one win on the Alabama superspeedway, but he recognizes that his resume is not going to help him at the end of the race on Sunday. "It doesn’t matter at all. 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." Busch said.
"The key there is to somehow stay out of trouble." Busch continued. "At Talladega, 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."
Busch has one win, one top-five, and one top-10, and has led a total of 139 laps in 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Talladega. His average Talladega finish is 24.9.