Chase Preview:
No. 8 Kyle Busch

By Dominic Aragon
September 13, 2014

Defending his win at California Speedway in March, Kyle Busch earned a spot in the year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup early in the regular season.

Kyle Busch

Busch earned his seventh career spot in the Chase in ten full-time seasons and his second straight Chase berth.

Peaking as high as third in points after the Coca-Cola 600 in May, Busch ranked as low as 17th in points before the Chase Grid was set.

Busch placed second in three out of four events during the summer months, but averaged a 31.6 place finish in the last six races before the Chase.

Seeded eighth heading into Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, Busch is unclear on his outlook on the Chase.

“I have no idea,” Busch said of his expectations of this year’s Chase. “Fight every week and see what we can get.”

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Kyle Busch practices for the Daytona 500.

 “We had a good solid run last year at Chicago, and we tested earlier this year there,” he said. “Looking forward to getting back there, hopefully we’ve got a good piece like we did last year.”

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Kyle Busch celebrates his lone win of 2014 thus far at California Speedway.

Busch will start first Sunday after Friday’s qualifying session was rained out. Busch won at Chicagoland in 2008.

The 29-year-old driver has won at six of the tracks on the Chase schedule over his career in the Cup Series. Busch’s best rank in final points under the Chase format was fourth last year. 

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