Atlanta: Kyle Busch preview

* Kyle Busch arrives in Atlanta as the Sprint Cup points leader by 20 points over second place, Ryan Newman. * Busch has seven previous Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. * Busch has led in two of those starts for a...

* Kyle Busch arrives in Atlanta as the Sprint Cup points leader by 20 points over second place, Ryan Newman.

* Busch has seven previous Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* Busch has led in two of those starts for a total of 81 laps.

* Busch ran his first laps in his new No. 18 M&M's car with Joe Gibbs Racing when the team tested at AMS in October 2007; Busch had the overall fastest lap of the two-day test with a lap of 29.632 seconds and a speed of 187.095 mph.

Kyle Busch:

Are you excited to be coming to Atlanta this weekend?

"I am excited. It's a fun race track. We've never been able to finish that well here in a Cup car, so you'd think I should probably not like this place too much, but I do like it. We won here last year in the Truck and we're gonna try to do that again this year. Plus this was our first test with this M&M'S team and Joe Gibbs Racing, and that turned out pretty well for us. We're hoping what we learned then will pay off for us this weekend. It's an extremely fast track and there are all sorts of different lines you can take through the corners. So it's a track where the driver can really make a difference with his talent and his driving style. It seems like there's always a close battle right at the end. We're doing triple duty again with all three series this weekend so hopefully we can be in some of those close battles at the end and hopefully even pull out a win or two, or three -- who knows."

You're coming in as the points leader for the second straight week. What does that mean for you?

"It means we're number one -- right now. It's kind of the same scenario as last week. We're happy to be where we are in the points, but at this stage in the year it doesn't mean as much as it will if we're still here with a couple weeks left in the season. Last week we struggled a little bit during the second half of the race with a tire problem and then some adjustments that didn't quite work. We just have to stay focused and stay on top of the car and the race track for the entire race. We need to put the whole thing together, and if we do that each week, I feel good that this team will be able to stay where we are in the points. But there's a long way to go for sure."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing