The final month of the Sprint Cup season means a lot more to Kurt Busch than it does to some other drivers not involved in the Chase.
The end of 2012 is all about setting things up for Busch, who made the switch to the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet team. Busch is hoping to use a strong finish this year to give his new team so momentum heading into 2013.
"It's all about team communication," said Busch. "When you want to be one of the top five teams you have to be able to communicate to where everybody picks it up earlier. That's what these races are for this year. Next year everyone will be in a new car. We're just trying to eliminate everything we're up against."
From the outside, it looks like Busch has been up against plenty this season.
The 2004 Sprint Cup champion went from one of the top rides in the series in Penske Racing to the undermanned Phoenix Racing team to start the season. It wasn't a good one on or off the track for Busch as he managed just two top-10...