Kyle Busch on Keselowski comments: 'That's just Brad being Brad'

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This week the Monster Energy Cup Series heads back to the fastest track in NASCAR, Michigan International Speedway. A possible side trip on Saturday night to Knoxville, Iowa to race in the Knoxville Nationals sprint vehicle event could provide extra motivation or could become a distraction.

"Michigan is a lot of fun", Bowyer told reporters Friday. "Really cool. Really special". He also won at MI last August.

"My deal with Chip is I can't race a sprint auto or midget or anything really the night before I'm on track", Larson said.

Starting 33rd this week, Dillon makes an elite value pay considering the #13 auto got better on Saturday posting the 28th and 24th fastest speeds. "I know my fans really appreciate it - all my sprint auto fans and NASCAR fans, so Chip is a hero today and this weekend, so I appreciate it". So Chip is a hero today and this weekend.

Everything lines up here for Brad to be the mega chalk this week but I dare you to fade him.

Problem was, his opponent was in no mood to let him pass.

Ganassi is hoping Larson's presence at Knoxville could draw more viewers to Sunday's Cup Series race.

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"We all know that". I think we can win in, and I think we can point our way in.

The Pure Michigan 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m./e.t. Kyle's an unbelievable talent.

"It seemed like only me and him were racing each other for the win. Let's bring him back to win here in MI, and then I want all you fans in Knoxville to be turning your TVs on NASCAR on Sunday".

Martin Truex Jr. has to be the favorite, as the current Cup points leader is racing better than anyone in the sport. Brad Keselowski has also been impressive on the two-mile tracks with a 6.3 average finish over the last eight races and has finished Top 10 in nine of his last races between the two tracks.

With only four races left before the playoffs, this isn't a good time for a slump.

"Right now we have four more opportunities to try to do something", Suarez said. "I'm not sure if that's what happened [in qualifying], but it kind of looks that way at the moment, but we'll still take what we can get".

Larson said it was his understanding that the flight to the event in Iowa is just a little over an hour, and he insisted he'll get enough rest before Sunday, when he'll try to cap off his weekend in the spotlight with another victory at MI. "It's - you know everyone on my team and myself actually, we're expecting to be better in the second half of the season". "Hopefully we can make a solid weekend, have no mistakes and go for a third win".