Busch Slips to 18th-Place Finish in Talladega
October 21, 2013
Kurt Busch finished 18th in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Furniture Row Racing driver, who had his colorful Wonder Bread Chevrolet running up front for most of the 188-lap Sprint Cup event, fell back in the closing laps on the 2.66-mile oval.
"Restrictor plate racing is all about being in the right place at the right time," said Busch, who led twice for three laps. "We were in the right place for the majority of the race, but when it counted at the end we weren't there. I tried to make something happen, but couldn't get there.”
The finish dropped Busch two spots to ninth in the Chase Sprint Cup driver point standings. He is nine markers out of sixth. (see Chase point standings below)
Busch was running solidly in the top-five when he came in for his final pit stop on Lap 162. When he returned to action he got as high as 10th before getting shuffled back in the draft.
“It's disappointing because our Wonder Bread Chevy was fast and to finish 18th didn't do us justice," stated Busch. “We have four (races) to go and want to make those our four best races of the season.”
The race winner was Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 in order were: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, David Ragan, David Gilliland, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer.
There were 52 lead changes among 20 drivers and three cautions for 10 laps.
The next Sprint Cup race is Sunday, Oct. 27 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Chase Point Standings
1. Jimmie Johnson, 2254 points
2. Matt Kenseth, 2250
3. Kyle Busch, 2228
4. Kevin Harvick, 2228
5. Jeff Gordon, 2220
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2202
7. Greg Biffle, 2201
8. Clint Bowyer, 2197
9. Kurt Busch, 2193
10. Carl Edwards, 2186
11. Ryan Newman, 2182
12. Joey Logano, 2179
13. Kasey Kahne, 2153