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  • 04 Jun
    导出博客文章HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Busch is hardly the peoples choice.His championship run
    last year was overshadowed by Jeff Gordons farewell. His quest to repeat
    probably ranks behind Tony Stewarts retirement and Jimmie Johnsons shot at
    making history.Hes overlooked but far from overmatched. Busch might even be the
    man to beat in the NASCAR finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.I think
    winning the championship last year definitely impacted us, Busch said. It just
    gave us a greater sense of belief in ourselves and our team and confidence in
    being able to go out there and do it again. You know, theres no reason to think
    that what we accomplished last year is a one-time thing.We feel were just as
    good last year if not better and performed better throughout this Chase in order
    to get ourselves in the position were in. There are plenty of reasons as to why
    we can be beat and plenty of reasons as to why we can beat the rest of
    them.Buschs championship run last year was something befitting a Hollywood
    script. He missed the first 11 races of the season after breaking his leg and
    foot in a hard crash at Daytona International Speedway.He transitioned from
    comeback kid to championship contender after winning four of five races during a
    summer hot streak. With a new son, a supportive wife and a newfound maturity,
    Busch looked like a changed man.He won the finale at Homestead and gave Toyota
    its first Sprint Cup championship.Now, hes looking to make it two in a row.
    Standing in his way are Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and
    Johnson, who can tie the NASCAR record held by Richard Petty and Dale
    Earnhardt.I certainly think that its different from last year for sure, Busch
    said. Last year, I was just a part-time champion, so this year I hope to become
    a full-time champion.He wont get any help from Edwards.Team owner Joe Gibbs said
    Friday that Busch and Edwards will be on their own during practice and once the
    green flag drops.To be quite truthful, both of them want this in the worst way
    and theyre going to compete, Gibbs said. Theyre not sharing a lot of stuff. Its
    going to be up to them individually. ... We kind of felt like obviously theyre
    going to be kind of individually going for it. Theyll both kind of be on their
    own here.That was news to Busch and Edwards after qualifying Friday. The two
    were loose and light and said Gibbs, who earlier in the day said hes so nervous
    this weekend he accidentally walked into the womens bathroom, was mistaken on
    the sharing.Joe is not in our meetings. Dont listen to Joe. Were not sharing
    with him, Busch said. Everything right now is all the same, open notebook. Ive
    been looking at Carls stuff all day.Working with teammates has been a crucial
    piece of the success at JGR, and played into Buschs discouragement after last
    weeks race at Phoenix. Buschs teammate, Matt Kenseth, had the win in hand until
    a late caution sent the race to extra laps. Although Kenseth cleared traffic on
    the restart, Busch made contact with Alex Bowman that altered Bowmans racing
    line. Kenseths spotter told the driver he was clear, but he actually moved down
    on Bowman and crashed.Busch took much of the blame after the race. But after
    studying replays, Busch felt he had less to do with the wreck than he initially
    thought.I was definitely hard on myself, Busch said. If you look at what
    percentage of blame should be given to everybody, I think we all have a piece,
    but what exact percentage that is, Im not sure.As for Busch and Kenseth, theyve
    havent exactly made up.Weve exchanged texts back and forth, Busch said. Its as
    good as its going to be good right now with him still probably being rightfully
    upset with how it all went down last week. I mean, man, he was, what, 30, 35
    seconds away from taking the white? Thats a pretty bummer situation.Busch surely
    would be bummed with anything short of another championship.But winning that
    first one was a career-defining moment.I feel like maybe on the racetrack you
    get an extra four inches instead of one inch from particular people, but it also
    depends on what lap its on, Busch said. When it comes down to the end of the
    race, its pretty much every man for himself all the time. But just having that
    accolade and being a part of the sport, having recognition from other champions
    come up to you with the likes of Darrell Waltrip or Dale Jarrett or Rusty
    Wallace, those guys that come put their arm around you and tell you, `Welcome to
    the club.He has a chance Sunday to join even more exclusive company.---More AP
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    concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points,
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    hands. With 1:14 to go in overtime, Davis sixth block also became his 17th
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    . They were putting most of their energy into a
    record-setting offensive display. The major two-year-old races are on the agenda
    for Kings Authority after the Mick Price-trained colt raced to an impressive
    debut win at Flemington.Kings Authority stepped out in Saturdays Christmas
    Season Plate (1100m) down the straight course at Flemington and after angling
    into the clear with 200m to run, the colt powered to the line to win by 1-1/2
    lengths.Price trained the quinella in the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes last
    season with Extreme Choice and Flying Artie and will aim Kings Authority at that
    race in February at Caulfield before the Golden Slipper in Sydney.He said Kings
    Authority had the prize money now so he could get his timing right to target the
    bigger races.Hes a nice colt and hes going somewhere, Price said.Hes got
    improvement in him and Ill probably give him a breather and run him in the one
    of the Preludes into the Blue Diamond.He doesnt have to go out but it would be
    nice to think we could go iinto the Blue Diamond and the
    Slipper.ddddddddddddKings Authority ($4.60) got cover as the field came down the
    grandstand side, before Mark Zahra steered him to his left to find clear running
    at the business end of the race.He defeated Aspen Angel ($10) with American
    Genius ($3.70) three-quarters of a length away third.He looks nice and round in
    condition so theres plenty of improvement to come and it was good to see him do
    it under pressure, Price said.Hes still learning a fair bit so I thought he did
    a good job to go left and then go left and then go left again and still have a
    really good finish on him.He didnt trial like some of those fast two-year-olds
    like last year, but that doesnt matter.Hes better in the blinkers and hell be a
    Blue Diamond, (and) hopefully Golden Slipper type horse. ' ' '