Michigan: Kyle Busch preview

M&M's Team Notes of Interest * Kyle Busch remains atop the Sprint Cup points standings and retains a 21-point lead over second-place Jeff Burton. * In six career Cup starts at Michigan, Kyle has led a total of 40 laps while earning two...

M&M's Team Notes of Interest

* Kyle Busch remains atop the Sprint Cup points standings and retains a 21-point lead over second-place Jeff Burton.

* In six career Cup starts at Michigan, Kyle has led a total of 40 laps while earning two top-10 finishes.

* Kyle will attempt the triple again this week, racing in the Craftsman Truck Series race in Michigan, the Nationwide Series race in Kentucky and then the Sprint Cup Series race in Michigan.

Busch Quotes for week leading up to the Life Lock 400 at Michigan International Speedway

What are you doing with the car that is putting you a step ahead of other drivers?

"I guess through the tests and stuff I've tried to learn the new car and my adaptability between the trucks and the Nationwide and these new Cup cars -- I've raced so many different vehicles that you learn so many different things and you can try more things when you get into a different vehicle and I think it kind of lends more to my performance of running better because I've got more ideas to try than maybe two or three like the other guys and what they've learned from the past. From there, the car now I think is more car than it is driver with the engineering staff trying to make these cars better. The better teams are the better teams as usual and the guys that don't have quite as good a handle on the car -- their drivers suffer a little bit. I think the older was more 60 percent driver, 40 percent car, and I think with this car it's 70 percent car so it's a little bit different."

Can you talk about what advantages you see with the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas compared to other cars?

"Judging by last year -- we won 18 races as a company over there. This year we've been really successful and really have been running well on the mile-and-a-halves and the bigger race tracks. I just feel like our packages in the front end are a little bit better and overall the cars are a little bit better. I wouldn't say our horsepower numbers are where they should be yet, but Mark Cronquist (engineer, Joe Gibbs Racing) and all of the guys at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) are working on that and trying to make it better. If we can get better there we'll be able to keep up more so down the straight-aways. As far as car handling, I think we are just a little bit further ahead of the box I guess. We're working better with where the car is right now."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing