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Kyle Busch shot from the back of the field to the front to win his third consecutive race from nine starts in 2018. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started Saturday night's Toyota Owner's 400 in 32nd position but made quick work of the field as he climbed into the top 10. He battled at the front of the field for the rest of the night using a quick car with no mistakes to come out on top for the third week in a row.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series completely changes gears this week after two weeks of short-track racing. Talladega Superspeedway and its pack-style racing is a stark contrast to the past two weeks at Bristol and Richmond. The unpredictable nature of racing at the circuit makes fantasy owner's jobs more difficult, but past results still can be an indicator of future success.
Kyle Busch – Busch won Saturday night's race from the farthest back he has ever started after rolling off the line in 32nd position to capture his third consecutive win. He quickly made his way up to the top 10 after the start and then spent the rest of the night working to stay out front holding off Martin Truex Jr. and teammate Denny Hamlin. Late restarts tested his crew and machine, but he held it together. This win firmly gives him the helm of domination after Kevin Harvick opened the season on top. Busch has one Talladega win from his 25 career starts