LOOKING BACK: An extremely loose race car resulted in two spins and a 29th-place finish for Busch at Kansas. "It was a disappointing day all around," said Busch. "We had the best qualifying session of the season this weekend (posting the sixth fastest time), and we had high hopes for the race. It just didn't work out the way we planned. The car was loose, and we couldn't tighten it up no matter what we tried. It's just frustrating. We need to do better."
ETC.: Busch spent the first part of the week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway practicing for the Indianapolis 500. Sunday was Busch's first chance to run in traffic, in what he called "dirty air." He ran 31 laps with a best lap of 220.352 miles per hour. "It was a nice rookie day to go play in traffic," said Busch, who is attempting to become only the fourth driver to run both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. "The Andretti Autosport guys ramped up where we are with the levels, to get in dirty air. Today was a nice shakedown, and the second run was a baseline run. It was nice to have a champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, take me around (the track in a pace car). At 220 things are moving quick, but it's a lot of fun. Thursday we're going to look at taking down force off the car to get in qualifying mode. We'll see how it all pans out." On Monday, Busch ran 95 laps with a top speed of 222.720 mph, ninth fastest. The first round of qualifying for the 500 is set for Saturday afternoon.