Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kurt Busch wins at Dover International Speedway!

DOVER, Del. (AP)—Kurt Busch left a rocky start to the Chase and his fiercest rival behind him. Busch stormed into contention for a second Cup championship, holding off fellow Chase drivers Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards to win Sunday at Dover International Speedway, tightening the leaderboard in a playoff where no driver has emerged as a clear-cut favorite. Busch, though, is in the mix. His No. 22 Dodge seemed only to get stronger over the... 400-mile race and he beat Johnson, his long-time antagonist, on the final restart to take the checkered flag for the second time this season. The win pushed Busch from ninth to fourth in the points standings, only nine points out of first. Only 15 points separate the top eight drivers with seven races left.

Kurt Busch started the Chase ranked seventh in the standings and opened with a solid sixth at Chicagoland Speedway. He struggled at New Hampshire and finished 22nd. He found the right combination at Dover, where he qualified second and carried the position into Victory Lane -- and up the standings. "We've got such a long way to go in this Chase," Kurt Busch said. "That's what we're really focused on." Kurt Busch won the first Chase by beating Johnson by eight points for his only NASCAR championship. He credited owner Roger Penske for giving him the equipment and crew needed to compete for a title. "The car just had a good feel all weekend long," Busch said. It's a good feel he has to keep rolling all the way through Homestead if he wants to race away with the championship.

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