Is Kyle Busch the NASCAR Championship sleeper?

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There's one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver that's known for being a walking controversy that's suddenly flying low under the radar. Kyle Busch is suddenly not the magnate for the media heading into the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. He's probably happy that the spot light has been pointed a couple of other drivers when it comes to having an attitude on the track.

Coming into Talladega Busch is running in the third spot in chase points and has seemingly disappeared from controversies that he's often associated with. If there's an angry driver, a shove, an outburst, or the like then one could easily assume that Kyle Busch might be involved. Heck, he even had a verbal spat with his crew chief during one race this season.

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So what's the difference at this point in the Championship Chase? It seems that things are clicking with Busch and the No. 18 team. It also seems that the driver is focused on a possible championship in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch says that he feels that things are heading in the right direction.

"It certainly feels good that we’re heading in the right direction at  the right time of the year,” Busch said. “It’s all about peaking at the right time, and hopefully we haven’t peaked yet."

Charlotte not a Factor

Following the wild antics that Brad Keselowski pulled at Charlotte Motor Speedway Busch has been quiet on the situation. Following the Charlotte race weekend NASCAR placed penalties on both Keselowski and Tony Stewart. Keselowski ran into  cars on the track and in the pits following the end of the race.

After being re-ended during Keselowski's bumper-car antics Stewart put his ride in reverse and smacked the front end of Brad's No. 2 car. Instead of chiming in, or taking part in the event, Busch has gone about his business in a manner that shows a driver that may have matured over the last few months.

Be Ready for Anything!

Being ready for anything is something that should come natural to any driver racing at Talladega. And Kyle Busch agrees! Busch says that doing well at Talladega is important no matter where they stand in the points. But he also knows that anything can happen at 'Dega especially when you're not expecting it.

“We’ve seen that time and time again over the years, where you don’t expect something to happen and then all of a sudden something does happen. So, just be ready for anything, especially at a place like Talladega this weekend.”

Sleeper Pick

Kyle Busch and the No. 18 car may be the sleeper pick for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver is running good, has momentum, and has done well at the track in the past.

Busch has one win at Talladega, coming in 2008, and he's got a handfull of top-five and top-ten finishes. According to Busch the trick will be staying clean and staying on the bottom. The driver says that things get crazy if you're not happy with staying in place as a contender.

“If you can be a contender and stay in line on the bottom, you can make it a pretty easy and safe race,” Busch said when speaking about driving at Talladega. “Normally, guys are not content doing that, so that’s when it starts to get crazy.”


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