MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- As everyone talks about Jimmie Johnsons incredible record at the next three racetracks and Kevin Harvicks dominance at Phoenix, Kyle Busch is simply going about his business at Martinsville Speedway.Youd think the defending Sprint Cup champion, a driver who has achieved significantly better results in the Chase this year than he did in his championship season, would have the focus on him entering the Chase semifinal round of Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.And thats before one remembers this small fact: Busch won at Martinsville earlier this year. Texas, too.In short: The buzz isnt around Busch, but it would be silly to discount his chances in this 2016 championship hunt, almost as silly as NASCARs seeding system -- best finish in any race of the previous round -- that has Busch ranked eighth among the eight remaining Chase drivers.If theres a lock entering this round in the Chase, maybe it should start with the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car, that he will win one of the next three races or will finish high enough in points to earn one of the four bids to compete for the championship at Homestead.Bad fortune [could get us], Busch said when asked about what would keep him out of contention at Homestead. Thats about it. As far as where we feel like of were capable of running, I dont see any reason to why we should not advance.Busch said that more matter-of-fact than with any cockiness. The facts back him up: He finished a combined 49 spots better in the Chase in the first five races this year than he did a year ago. For the record, he said it doesnt seem as if he is running any better, that he had some bad fortune in some races in 2015. But just as he did in 2015, hes doing enough each week to advance to the next round.These guys do a really good job -- [crew chief] Adam [Stevens] does a great job leading them -- in not letting us get too worked up in certain situations and just performing the way that we need to, Busch said. Weve got our ideas of what our goals should be set, and we just try to go out there and achieve them.The goal is to repeat as the Cup champion. Buschs weekend goal is to win races, which he has accomplished only once since the May race at Kansas.Maybe the fact he has won just once in the last 22 races (albeit a big win at Indianapolis) has quieted talk of Busch winning back-to-back titles and keeping the spotlight on the drivers who either win more or win to avoid elimination. The three-race, elimination-style format that resets points to make remaining drivers even at the start of the final three rounds also tends to silence talk about Busch going back-to-back. Despite being tied for the most wins this year with four, he has the same number of points as the seven other Chase drivers entering Martinsville.[The format] takes the vibe away a little bit, said Busch about how his going for a second consecutive title has run under the radar. I would say that were not as flashy as some other teams out there are able to be.I look at [Kevin] Harvick for instance. When their backs are against the wall, boom, they get it done. I give them all the credit in the world. It shows theyre championship capable. Us? We havent shown that type of capability. We havent needed to go out there and win a race like that, but we havent shown that, either, in just normal races.So can he get flashy, if needed?I dont know, Busch said. We havent had to be.Busch was certainly flashy enough early in the season. In addition to his wins at Martinsville and Texas in the spring, he finished fourth at Phoenix. Last year, he advanced to Homestead with finishes of fifth, fourth and fourth at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.We just need to get through this round the same we did last time, Busch said. It would be nice to win one.And it would certainly be sweet to repeat. Part of it comes from the desire to do things that people say drivers cant.It would [mean something] because a lot of people have said this format is so unpredictable that there is no way that a back-to-back could happen anymore, Busch said. Of course it can.You have to have the right circumstances. And you have to win Homestead two years in a row. Well see how it comes together and where we stand the Sunday after Phoenix. China Jerseys . Hey!" 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