Kurt Busch wins first road course race at Infineon Raceway

Kurt Busch dominated Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway by leading 75 of the 110 laps in route to his first road course victory of his career.

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”254″][/media-credit]“It was an unbelievable setup. Once we got into the groove with this car, it seemed to get better after lap five or six. Our cars have never done that before. I’m real proud of this Dodge team, everybody from Shell and Pennzoil.” Busch said.

This was Busch’s 23rd career victory and his first win of the season, continuing his remarkable turnaround since his troubles earlier this season.

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“I’m so proud of these guys for really stepping up after what we’ve been through. Man, we’ve been on a high these last few weeks.” Busch added.

Jeff Gordon finished second, Carl Edwards third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Marcos Ambrose finished fifth.

Gordon’s second place finish moves into the top-10 in points.

“I don’t know just the adjustments we made were that good or the track position or the track changing at the end. It looked like a lot of guys were really, really struggling with grip there at the end and our car was actually pretty good. We were fast and I think we were faster than the leaders. That felt awesome to start there with old tires and be able to work through traffic all the way up to second, man that was amazing.” Gordon said.

Edwards decided not to race in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Road America to better prepare his car for Sonoma and it paid off.

“I’m glad I stuck around for practice.” said Edwards.  “”I am really proud of my team for the way we battled today. It was just a crazy race and for us to be able to work our way up to where we finished just says a ton about my Aflac crew and Bob and everyone.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart’s first incident in turn 11.

“We just got in a little bit of a bang up there in turn 11 with a bunch of guys and knocked a hole in the radiator and drained all the water out of it and hurt the engine. The engine is ruined so we won’t be able to get back out there. We had made the car better. It was a really rough race but it was fun though. It just sucks to be out this early.” Earnhardt Jr. said.

Earnhardt Jr. finished 41st and drops to 7th on the standings.

Vickers later gave Stewart a payback spin. On lap 88, Vickers drove thru Stewarts entering turn 11, sending Stewart into the outside tire barrier. Stewart’s car came to rest with the rear end atop the tires. Stewart tried to continue on after making repairs in the garage but was unable to.

“I dumped him earlier for blocking and he got me back later on. If they block, they are going to get dumped. It is real simple. I mean I don’t blame him, I don’t blame him for dumping us back. But, I don’t race guys that way, I never have. If guys want to block then they are going to wrecked every time. Until NASCAR makes a rule against it, I am going to dump them every time for it. He did what he had to do, I don’t blame him, there is nothing wrong with it.” Stewart said.

Stewart finished 39th and Vickers finished 36th.

 

Unofficial Race Results
Toyota/Save Mart 350, Infineon Raceway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/race.php?race=16
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 11 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 48
2 13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 42
3 23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 41
4 9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 41
5 8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39
6 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota 39
7 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 37
8 14 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36
9 26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 36
10 15 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 34
11 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 33
12 29 34 David Gilliland Ford 33
13 7 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31
14 33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30
15 2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29
16 24 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29
17 3 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27
18 28 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 26
19 16 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 25
20 6 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 24
21 25 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23
22 17 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23
23 22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 21
24 32 0 David Reutimann Toyota 20
25 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19
26 43 46 Andy Pilgrim Chevrolet 18
27 42 37 Chris Cook Ford 17
28 30 51 Boris Said Chevrolet 16
29 34 6 David Ragan Ford 15
30 38 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 14
31 36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 13
32 39 32 Terry Labonte Ford 12
33 40 181 Brian Simo Ford 11
34 27 13 Casey Mears Toyota 10
35 41 71 Andy Lally * Ford 9
36 10 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 8
37 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 8
38 21 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 6
39 20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 6
40 31 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0
41 18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 3
42 37 60 Mike Skinner Toyota 0
43 35 177 P.J. Jones Dodge 1

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