If Kyle Busch is to repeat as the winner of the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, he knows he'll have to solve the third and fourth corners at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch, who will do double duty in the Cup race and Saturday's American Commercial Lines 200 Camping World Truck Series race, struggled with the new tire combination at AMS during Friday's practice, as did many other drivers.

"The tyre here they chose again is pretty difficult to handle," Busch said Friday at a celebration of NOS Energy Drink's 14-race Nationwide Series sponsorship of his #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. "We're not sure what's going on with it. It's very inconsistent.

"The truck seemed to be pretty good this morning - we weren't bad there. But the car's not been to our liking. We've been all over the place with it. A lot of guys are saying the same things about it. We felt like we hit on something in Turns 1 and 2, but we've missed 3 and 4. We haven't been able to hit it down there yet."

Busch's victory in last year's race was the first for Toyota in the Cup series. In 35 races since then, he has won eight times.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News



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