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Kyle Busch: ‘Always good to get back at it’

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch heads into tomorrow’s Busch Clash at Daytona looking for his second clash win but his first since 2012.

Joe Gibbs Racing finished 1-2-3-4 in the lone Busch Clash practice on Saturday afternoon from Daytona International Speedway with Busch finishing fourth with a fast lap of 199.645 mph.

Additionally, the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’s were the only cars to break 199 mph during practice.

“It’s always good to get back at it. Certainly, feel like we were just in Nashville a few weeks ago, so it’s certainly been a really quick off season, said Busch.”

This Daytona Speedweeks brings a new package, therefore there could be some things to learn with some drivers getting additional on track time in tomorrow’s Clash.

“The motivation of The Clash, like I said, just to get out there and knock the rust off essentially. I ran the 24 Hours (of Daytona) so that was good for me to be able to do that. “Just to get out there, get the feel for being in the draft again and kind of get a better understanding,” Busch said.

“Maybe learn a couple things about some different tricks to the trade that maybe you  kind of forgot in the back of your mind or whatever from the last speedway race.”

With next Sunday’s 62nd annual Daytona 500 on the horizon, Busch will look to hoist the Harley J. Earl Trophy for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

When the green flag flies at ‘The World Center of Racing’ a week from tomorrow it will mark Busch’s 15th attempt to win ‘The Great American Race’.

The Las Vegas native has come close to winning the biggest race on NASCAR’s biggest stage as he went on to finish second in the 500 one year ago.

Overall, in Cup Series competition at the 2.5-mile superspeedway Busch has tallied up one win, eight top-five, nine top-10 finishes and led for 423 laps.

Busch has certainly accomplished plenty in his career to this point. With that said though, does not winning a Daytona 500 thus far weigh on him as being that big of a deal?

“The whole aspect of having one item not checked is not that big of a deal. It’s not going to end my career by any means. Obviously, it would certainly be nice that I’ve come this far and been able to do all those things to get that done. We’ll see what happens.”

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