18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 17th. Has secured a spot in the Chase as a result of his win at California.
RICHMOND RECORD: Four wins and 14 top-10 finishes including 13 top-five's in 19 starts. Finished third in the spring race.
LOOKING AHEAD: It has been a rough five weeks for Busch as he has dropped from sixth to 17th in the standings. He hopes a return to one of his favorite tracks means an end to his recent run of bad luck. "We always look forward to Richmond," said Busch. "It has been a good track for me and everyone at JGR. We ran well in the spring, and we feel we will run well this weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Despite being involved in a late-race accident, Busch finished 16th at Atlanta. After the race, Martin Truex, Jr., who was part of the late-race disagreement on the track, parked his car near Busch's and stuck his head in the driver's window to express his displeasure with Busch. After getting little or no feedback from Busch, Truex turned and vented his frustration with Busch's crew chief Dave Rogers. "Kyle, for whatever reason, just ran into the back of me," said Truex. "It was totally uncalled for and hard to figure out why he did what he did." Busch declined to comment.
ETC.: When asked about the post-race disagreement between his driver and Truex that was caught on TV, Rogers said, "They're hard-nosed competitors, and they didn't cut each other much slack. I talked to Kyle about what happened. He said he was expecting Martin to go in on the bottom and Kyle was banzaing on the top and trying to make the pass. Martin surprised him by going up top, and Kyle said he got to the brakes but too late. Martin didn't say or do anything wrong there. He kept it peaceful. He said what was on his mind, and I think that is accepted. It didn't get out of control. Kyle tried to explain what happened and I think they agreed to disagree tonight, but they'll probably talk later this week and figure it out."