41 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 21st. Has secured a spot in the Chase as a result of his Martinsville win.
RICHMOND RECORD: One win and nine top-10 finishes in 27 starts. Finished second in the September race a year ago.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch calls Richmond "a tough place for me. Even with the win there, I still just find it to be one of the most difficult tracks to get a handle on. It's a short track, but it's pretty unique because, other than the fact that it's under a mile in length, it really doesn't compare to a Martinsville or Phoenix. It's pretty wide whereas at some of our other short tracks, you are dealing with one-lane racing grooves. It's almost like a 1.5-mile track that has been packaged into a three-quarter-mile track."
LOOKING BACK: Busch led once for 22 laps and for most of the first half of the race looked as if he was going to be a strong contender for the win. But disaster struck on lap 170 when a right-rear tire went down and shot Busch hard into the wall. Despite suffering major damage to the right rear corner of the car, Busch rallied and was running seventh when he was involved in a crash on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish. As a result, Busch had to be content with a 13th-place finish.
ETC.: Busch admits "the last few times we've been there (Richmond), the bottom is the place to be. Aside from it being the shortest way around the track, you can get more aggressive on the bottom lane and, if you have to, you can move people to advance your position."