Kurt Busch scored his best finish of the season since winning the Daytona 500 Sunday night in the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Busch finished third behind race winner Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch to notch his high water mark of the year since he opened the campaign by winning “The Great American Race.” “It was a lot of fun with the Monster Energy Ford,” Busch said. “To be in position to win the Southern 500, it throws chills down your spine.”
While Busch had speed in his car especially in the late going, he was quick to tip his cap to the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 team.
“It was good pit strategy,” he said. “I was hoping for one more yellow. If there was a yellow with 30 to go, we were a really good car on short run speed. That was the longest run at the end and those guys caught us on their fresher tires, but just to be in position to win the Southern 500 is great. I didn’t quite get the job done, but third is really nice for a big, marquee race.”
Like many drivers Sunday night at the tight and tough track, Busch didn’t escape a little contact with the wall.
“I scrubbed it,” Busch admitted. “It just took away the nice fender flare we had on the right-rear. The car was a little looser after that, but with 25 to go you’ve got to find every ounce you can and I was right there on the limit.”
So with a playoff berth locked up early thanks to his Daytona win, Busch looks to end the regular season on an up note with another good run next week in Richmond.
“We’ve had a couple good runs, but, still, we’ve got 11 weeks ahead of us,” he said. “We treated this whole weekend like it was the Playoffs. Richmond will be the same thing next week.”
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