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If you're looking for an MVP — Most Valuable Pusher — of Sunday's race at Talladega, you can eliminate one driver from consideration before consideration begins.

Kurt Busch.

Three drivers saw their chances for wins dashed by contact from Busch's front bumper, including his teammate Brad Keselowski on Lap 91. Keselowski had to check up as the Keselowski/Busch tandem was approaching a pack on the end of the backstretch. The contact from Busch also collected David Ragan, Kasey Kahne and others.

After losing Keselowski, Busch and Dave Blaney — yes, Dave Blaney — hooked up at the end of the race and the tandem was even in the lead at one point. And then Blaney got loose off of Busch's bumper and skidded towards the apron. Blaney saved the car and avoided skidding into the infield, but lost the lead draft and finished 27th.

Busch also got into Landon Cassill on Lap 29, sending Cassill into Brian Vickers.

Before you go claiming that Busch is a terrible tandem drafter, consider that he won the first two Sprint Cup restrictor plate races of the season in the Budweiser Shootout and the first Gatorade Duel. In fact, Busch may actually be better at this style of racing, as he hadn't won a plate race of any kind until 2011.

But that said, how many drivers do you think will go "uh oh" when they see the nose of Busch's Ronald McDonald-colored Charger behind them at Daytona in July?

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