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Busch eager to move forward at Kentucky Speedway

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GARY GRAVES | June 27, 2013 08:19 PM EST | AP


SPARTA, Ky. — Time might heal all wounds, which doesn't mean Kyle Busch still isn't sore over how badly things ended for him Sunday in the road race at Sonoma, Calif.

Wrecks with Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards along with a speeding penalty left Busch 35th and in a snippy mood judging from some of his Twitter posts afterward. Besides a back-and-forth with some of his detractors, Busch had fun with Montoya running out of gas and finishing 34th and took a shot at Edwards, who apologized for wrecking him.

Asked Thursday at Kentucky Speedway if he was upset over his performance, Busch tersely replied, "Really upset."

Asked if he would elaborate, he followed, "No. It's pretty self-explanatory."

Fortunately for Busch, Kentucky allows a chance to move on and resulted in a brighter tone. He won the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race here two years ago and finished 10th last June. Busch has wins across all three NASCAR national series on the 1.5-mile track and is running the Trucks/Nationwide/Cup trifecta this weekend for the second time in three years.

"We're certainly optimistic about our chances," said Busch, who has a 5.5 average finish and 133.0 driver rating in two Cup starts at Kentucky. "It's exciting to come here. It's not quite as busy as the last tripleheader I ran here (2011). That time, I raced for 12 hours and was pretty dehydrated.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity this track presents. This place has been pretty good for me lately."

Busch finished third after starting 41st in the 2011 Nationwide race here, denying him a chance to complete a sweep at Kentucky. It was still a dominant weekend as he led 125 laps in the Cup win after starting on the pole and leading 61 laps in the Truck Series race.

He led 118 laps in last year's Cup race after starting second.