“Anything can happen any weekend,” Busch said. “This being Talladega, yes, this one has the most percentage chance of shaking up the standings. Martinsville, it’s just as easy to clobber somebody as it is at Talladega. Then you have motor failures. That kept our defending champion out of making the Chase this year, even though his run toward the Chase wasn’t as strong as it needed to be. Anything can happen any weekend with points when there is 43 for a win and one for last place.”
Busch will be a Wonder Bread-themed car in honor of “Talladega Nights” character Ricky Bobby.
“We are all doing this for a good reason and that is the re-launch of a brand,” Busch said. “Wonder Bread is back and it’s fun to have a black race car all year painted white. It’s a big difference, it’s a big look, it’s exciting and I think the fans know that at Talladega the “Talladega Nights” movie is a part of the way of life here at the track.”
The Chase is nearing toward the end, having already reached the halfway point. Busch is expecting to be aggressive at Talladega because, at this point in the season, he will need to take chances to make a climb in the standings.
“Yeah we were hoping at this point in the Chase that we would be within 30 points of the lead,” Busch said. “That is not the case. So this is a go for broke weekend for two reasons. One is we have Wonder Bread on the car. They want to be up front, they want to be seen, they want to experience the return on investment on sponsoring the car. Secondly we need to go for the win. We need to have nothing but trying to try to win happen and get ourselves back in this Chase if we are going to have a shot at it.”
Busch had a disappointing finish at Charlotte last weekend, coming in 14th place after starting the race in 10th place. As the end of the season grows ever closer, Busch is proud of what his team has been able to accomplish so far this season.
“The end sets in with your mind when you are officially eliminated from the championship, but at the same time I saw our mediocre finish last week as a true definition of our season,” he said. “We are seventh overall in the points. We haven’t won a race. Sixth is obtainable in the point standings very easily. We are only one point out. Are we a top-five team with the Furniture Row Chevrolet? Maybe we are not, but the season has been a success. We have defied the odds. We have worked harder than anybody in this garage to get to this point. We don’t quite deserve a top-five finish. I’m not giving up on it. I would love to get into the top-five and to be part of that group that goes up on stage in Las Vegas. But honestly if we can bring home sixth in the overall standings without a race win it’s almost as good as a championship run from where this team was a year ago at this time.”
Busch admitted he has acquainted himself with his new team at Stewart-Haas Racing, but also maintained he is still focused on finishing this season on a high note.
“As far as Stewart-Haas Racing goes, I’m learning the people in their system, more of the marketing side, more of the management side,” he said. “I try not to spend too much time on it because of how strong the No. 78 team is running and my dedication towards this. My official start date isn’t until December, but you have got to get crew members lined up on a brand new team and that is the work that we are working on right now.”