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NASCAR: Busch focused on ‘Chase’ after two wins in three races

“I never would have imagined we would have gotten two wins this fast,” Busch said.
In the seven races since returning from leg and foot injuries, Busch has been leaving it all on the track and racing with the goal of making the group of 16 drivers who will battle in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Busch missed the first 11 Sprint Cup Series races after suffering a broken leg and foot in an Xfinity Series race on Feb. 21, 2015. He returned to racing on May 24 and was granted a waiver by NASCAR that would make him eligible able to challenge for the Sprint Cup championship provided he was ranked among the Top 30 drivers in the series. Busch has won two of seven races since returning, including the Quaker State 400 Powered by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday night, and currently sits in 35th place, 87 points shy of breaking into the Top 30.
“When we win, I know we did all we can do,” he said. “I’m not thinking about (the standings) exactly. Obviously it’s on our mind, but I’m not thinking about the points gained when we win. They lie wherever they lie.
“It’s just a continuation now that we have got to continue to get to the Top 30,” he added. “The two wins will put us over a guy that has one win. So that’s the biggest positive that I see of the two wins.”
Busch says he knows he must focus on winning or getting the most out of each race and the points will take care of themselves.
“What matters most is for us to go out there and perform and perform at our best, at the level that we know how to do, and that’s what I’ve said since I came back,” said Busch. “If we do everything right and we do it how we know we can, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to average a 14th place finish or whatever it’s going to (take to be in the Top 30).”
Joey Logano finished second in the race and while that helped him climb in the overall drivers standings, Logano couldn’t hide his disappointment.
“(Busch) had some good speed and got me after a hard-fought battle, but congrats to those guys. They led a lot of the race,” he said. “Good for them. I’m just — second always hurts.”
The Quaker State 400 marked another third-place finish for Denny Hamlin,, the second in a row for him. Hamlin said he was happy with the podium finish on a race track where passing is very difficult.
“I came from two laps down. I passed a ton of cars throughout the day,” Hamlin said. “Can’t really complain a whole lot.”
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season continues to be a good one for defending series champion Kevin Harvick. He has finished in the Top 10 in 16 of the 18 races to this point and has a 68-point lead over Jimmie Johnson and Logano in the drivers standings. Johnson holds second place by virtue of his four wins in 2015, while Logano has won once.
NASCAR nation now heads for New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the New Hampshire 301 on July 19, 2015. The are only eight races left on the regular-season portion of the Sprint-Cup schedule before start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s 10-race shootout for the drivers’ championship.

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