After Busch won for the second time in three races, prevailing in a rare Tuesday NASCAR event after two days of rain postponements at Michigan International Speedway, he gave most of the credit for the change of attitude to team owner Roger Penske.
“Working under Roger, finding his ways and how to deal with people, whether it's internally or with our sponsors, it really gave me a better perspective what this racing thing is all about,” said Busch, who joined Penske Racing in 2005, replacing longtime star Rusty Wallace in the team's No. 2 Dodge.
“Maybe before I pushed too hard thinking that maybe I could predict or control the outcome of races and not use the team atmosphere,” Busch said. “I'm happy flying under the radar and I'm happy delivering wins for our sponsors and, right now, the most important thing is getting into the Chase (for the Nextel Cup championship).”
Winning the 3M Performance 400, Busch took a big step toward that goal.
The 2004 Cup champion solidified his berth in the 12-man lineup for the upcoming Chase, holding off Martin Truex Jr. in the closing laps for the 17th win of his career.