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Notes: Busch able to draw on 2008 experience; Waltrip sues F1 team

July 16, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

LOUDON, N.H. -- In 2008, Kyle Busch won eight of the first 22 Sprint Cup races and entered the Chase as the No. 1 seed.

Then his championship run fell apart with mechanical issues in the first three Chase races.

Back in the points lead and tied with Kevin Harvick with a series-best three victories, Busch will be able to draw on that experience when the Chase arrives nine races from now.

"I think the biggest thing is that you have to be prepared," Busch told Sporting News. "You have to have your guys doing a good job. Whenever we came here to Loudon [in 2008], I probably didn't do the best job in practice getting the car set up like I needed it. Sunday in the race, we didn't quite get the sway-bar bolt tightened up all the way or something happened there and something broke.

"Obviously, we lost our sway bar and struggled along here. Went the following week to Dover and blew an engine. Then we went the following week to Kansas and felt like we had water in the fuel system. Things like that just seem to relegate us to finishes that we hadn't seen all year that we didn't want to have happen at that moment -- but it did."

Busch finished 10th in the standings that year, but the experience should help gird him for a championship run this season.

Michael Waltrip sues F1 team

Michael Waltrip has filed suit against Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd., and Mike Coughlan, hired as Michael Waltrip Racing's director of vehicle design in October 2010, according to court documents.

The pleading, filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina/Charlotte Division, alleges that Coughlan breached his employment agreement and that Williams, a Formula One team based in Great Britain, tortiously interfered with the agreement by negotiating to hire Coughlan while he was still under contract to MWR.