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Kyle Busch also gathered valuable knowledge with a second-place finish in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race on the sprawling track on the north side of his desert hometown.

Busch has trepidation about the bumpy, sunbaked track, but he’s hoping for better results after his strong Nationwide effort.

“I think it helps, feeling like you have a good car versus struggling, being 30th or something like that, not looking forward to the day,” Busch said. “We are, and we have, a good car. The guys worked hard Thursday here, and we made a lot of gains on some things then. … I wish we could have qualified (for Sunday). I think we’d be starting a little bit further forward, but we’ll see what we have in store for us when the green flag drops.”