Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/17/14
DENVER, Colo. – Kurt Busch knows that he has the talent and equipment to win his first Sprint Cup restrictor-plate race. But the 31-year-old driver, who has 24 career Cup victories, also knows it will take more than talent and top-notch equipment to win Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. “The restrictor-plate races turn in to more of a crap shoot,” said Busch, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet SS. “You see if your number is going to come up and be the lucky guy at the end of the day. The way you have to stay patient all day, stay out of trouble and be on the lucky side of things is a tough combination to get exactly right.” Busch has come close to winning many times at the restrictor-plate tracks in Talladega and Daytona. He has four top-three finishes at Talladega and six top-threes at Daytona, including four runner-up results in the Daytona 500. “Over the years I’ve had good consistent finishes– just haven’t broken through for a Cup win at a Superspeedway,” noted Busch. “As of late I’ve been pushing hard to get that win and then I end up in wrecks.” Busch, who one time scored seven consecutive top-10s at Talladega, is currently on a different cycle at NASCAR’s biggest track. His best finish in the last five races at the 2.66-mile oval is 18th and his last top-10 was six races ago in October 2010. “I just have to go back to the basics to try and survive and hopefully our number will come up at the end of the day,” explained Busch. “You can’t expect to win. You have to find little things that will help you have an advantage at the end of the race.” Busch’s overall record at Talladega is six top-fives, 13 top-10s and 143 laps led in 24 career starts. Busch will also compete in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing. Busch won the Daytona Nationwide restrictor-plate race last summer while driving for Phoenix Racing. Busch is coming off a strong performance at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway where he was a bona-fide contender for the win in Saturday night’s event. He led 36 laps and ran in the top-five for the majority of the race. A late caution and a chaotic green-white-checkered finish dropped Busch to a ninth-place result. “We were much better than ninth at Richmond, but that’s ok because it was the performance that showed us that we can run up front and be a legitimate contender,” stated Busch. “We still have to make improvements and keep the mistakes and malfunctions to a minimum. There’s plenty of optimism with this Furniture Row Racing team.”
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

CM Punk signs with UFC, expects to debut in 2015

Report: Redskins could fire Jay Gruden after season

Jimbo Fisher on committee: 'Decision just got made'

Adrian Peterson: I’m just now entering the prime of my career

Ohio State player wearing Kosta Karageorge's No. 53

Rob Ryan: I love Sean Payton

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NJIT pulls off shocking upset over No. 17 Michigan

Warriors owner: No one in organization liked Jackson

Report: Anonymous teammate blasts Robert Griffin III

Big Ten could see a bowl eligible team miss postseason

Cam Newton on struggles: ‘You realize rainy days don’t last’

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

Art Briles criticizes, confronts Big 12 commissioner

WATCH: Jimbo yells at Winston 'Let me coach this offense!'

Derrick Rose makes political statement with T-shirt

Has TCU done enough to clinch a playoff bid?

Five things to watch on Sunday

Is Jay Cutler on his way out in Chicago?

Four craziest possible NFL playoff scenarios

Is Colin Kaepernick's future up in the air in San Francisco?

Mariners start ad campaign after Nelson Cruz signing

WATCH: Kemba Walker makes game-winning layup at buzzer

WATCH: Antetokounmpo posterizes Chris Bosh

WATCH: Tiger Woods dry heaves before making birdie

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Briles confronts Big 12 commissioner

WATCH: Jimbo yells at Jameis

Redskins might fire Jay Gruden?

Ohio State shuts out Wisconsin

CM Punk signs with UFC

Peterson: I'm just entering my prime

Is Jay Cutler on his way out in Chicago?

NJIT stuns No. 17 Michigan

Warriors owner: Nobody liked Mark Jackson

Josh Smith has the worst streak in sports right now

Werth headed to jail for speeding?

In remembrance of sports columnist Bryan Burwell

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.