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Still Shooting for His First Bruton Smith Trophy at the Bank of America 500, Kyle Busch Takes on Media, Fans in Friendly Paintball Challenge
With 12 wins in his career at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch is the winningest NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series driver. Despite that success, Busch is still shooting for his first win in the premier Sprint Cup Series at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.
At a press event Tuesday that included a friendly game of paintball, Busch said he's got his sights set on winning his first Bruton Smith trophy when NASCAR returns to Charlotte for the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 12.
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"That elusive win in the Cup series has eluded us here," Busch said. "We've had a lot of great runs - some second place finishes and third place finishes and a lot of good runs where we've led a lot of laps, but in the last run of the race it seems like we're just a little bit off. But we're looking forward to Oct. 12 here at the Bank of America 500 and being able to take home one of those nice gold (Bruton Smith) trophies."
Busch noted the importance of running strong in the Bank of America 500, the fifth of 10 races in the Chase, in a driver's quest for an overall series championship.
"You want to get off to a good start (in the Chase)," he said. "Our team, the Joe Gibbs Racing team, obviously has gotten off to a good start. Once you get past the halfway point, that's sort of when you define the contendersâ€¦ That's when you know who you're going to be racing against for the championship."
Two-time Bank of America 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett was also on hand to offer Busch a little extra ammunition in his quest for his first Sprint Cup win at Charlotte. Jarrett said he couldn't help but chuckle at the opportunity to offer advice to Busch on winning at Charlotte.
"What am I going to tell Kyle Busch about winning here? He obviously knows how to win," said Jarrett, who was seated in front of all 12 of Busch's trophies from his Nationwide and Camping World Truck series wins at Charlotte. "He's, if not the best driver I've seen come through the ranks of NASCAR, he's certainly one of the top three. It's just incredible what he does with a racecar. What I can offer is that, as much as you can have a good car - he has plenty of talent - but good fortune is probably the best thing you can have on your side."
Fans can catch all the action from Bojangles' Pole Night and the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on Oct. 10, to the Dollar General 300 on Oct. 11 and the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 12 with a weekend pass starting at just $99. Frontstretch tickets to the Bank of America 500 with spectacular views of the world's largest HDTV start at two for just $99 and can be obtained through the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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