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Kyle Busch needs to break Kansas bad luck streak to stay in Chase fight

Oct 2, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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My colleague Chris Estrada outlined the stats for the 13 Chasers at Kansas yesterday. One driver who’s not been able to post the results – even despite some decent runs – is Kyle Busch.

Busch has started this year’s Chase with an excellent average finish of 3.0, yet ranks third in the standings behind Matt Kenseth (two Chase wins) and Jimmie Johnson (one).

Kansas has been a personal house of horrors for Busch, who in 12 prior starts at the 1.5-mile speedway has zero top-fives and two top-10s with a best finish of seventh in 2006. His average finish of 22.4 is third-worst in Sprint Cup competition behind two other Chase tracks, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Rather than dwelling on the negative, Busch will carry an optimistic outlook into Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to Kansas with the roll we’re on,” he said in his pre-race advance. “I thought we were running decent there last fall. Actually, I was leading and I spun myself out while I was leading. So, hopefully, we have a good car like that this time around and I don’t make a mistake.”

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