Kyle Busch walked away from a banged-up car shaking his head, clearly miffed about a scrape in the final practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch, who’ll start on the outside of the front row in the Kobalt Tools 500, tangled with Boris Said coming onto the back straightaway and was forced to park his Toyota after getting in 37 practice laps. While the damage around the right rear tire was mainly cosmetic, that didn’t improve Busch’s mood.
"You’ve got guys who don’t belong out there," he said. "He’s off the pace at every track we’ve been to. But he keeps getting in on owner points."
Said drives for Latitude 43 Motorsports, a new venture started by a Vermont businessman who bought the No. 26 team from Roush Fenway Racing, inheriting its points from a year ago. Since that team finished 22nd in the Cup standings, Said is guaranteed entry into the first five races of 2010.
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"I’m out there minding my own business, running my car at the bottom of the track," Busch said. "He’s at the top, then all of a sudden he wants to run in the middle on the straightaway. Usually if you’re running at the top, you stay up there."
Said, who’s gotten into the last three races based on his owner points, managed only two laps in his final tuneup for the race. He was next-to-last on the speed chart, beating out rookie Kevin Conway.