Monster Win For Busch
June 1, 2008 | 5:13 P.M. EST
Busch broke a tie with Carl Edwards for the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories in 2008 on Sunday after he took his fourth checkered flag in the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway.
It was Busch's first career Cup win at Dover and the 10th of 2008 season in one of NASCAR's top three divisions.
The No. 18 Combos Team used great pit work to get Busch out to a big lead on the final green flag stop. After leading four times for 158 laps, Busch never looked back after taking the lead for the final time on lap 327.
"Got to give a lot of credit to the pit crew today," said Busch, who won his eighth career Sprint Cup race. "They did such a good job on pit road. They were pretty phenomenal. Can't say enough about the guys at the shop. But, you know, I still have to say that Carl and Greg (Biffle) definitely had a car to beat today. We were just able to capitalize on pit road a little bit better than they were, get out front, you know, kind of keep our momentum going, keep it up front."
Roush-Fenway Racing had a good day with three of their cars finishing in the top five led by Edwards, who has now finished second to Busch twice in the last three races.
"That darned 18 car got us again," said Edwards. "I felt like we were at least as strong as anyone and probably the best car for a lot of the race. "On that last run we got off pit road just a little bit slow and then the car was just not quite as fast for the first half of that last run as it needed to be. So it’s very frustrating to finish second with that good of a race car, but we battled all day and that’s what we ended up with.”
Greg Biffle dominated the first half of the race, leading 164 laps, up until an alternator problem forced him to give the lead to Edwards. In the end, Biffle was able to quickly solve the problem and finish third for his fifth top five of the season.
“It was a pretty good run for us," said Biffle, who has two runner-ups and a third the last three weekends. "Early in the race we had an alternator issue and the voltage dropped and the car was missing at the end of the straightaway. "Carl started catching us and catching us and catching us and I wasn’t sure what the problem was."
"I was switching boxes and doing all kinds of things and I thought it might have been the engine and then it started missing real bad. I moved up because I thought it was gonna break and I didn’t want to screw Carl up because I knew he had a fast car, so I moved up and let Carl go by and shortly after that I figured out what it was and got it switched back and started going again."
Matt Kenseth continued his run to make the Chase by finishing fourth after starting 21st in the No. 17 Ford.
Four-time Dover winner Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five after he recorded his third consecutive top five of 2008.
Positions fourth through 11th in the points standings shuffled a bunch after a multi-car crash took out Chase drivers including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick.
The incident was triggered when David Gilliland and Elliott Sadler made contact which sent Sadler's car into the wall and down into oncoming traffic. Stewart then slammed into Sadler's car and then the pile-up began.
"We just tried to survive,” said Kasey Kahne. “It’s very tough to go fast when these cars are perfect and impossible if you have any type of damage to them.”
The race was red flagged on lap 22.
“It was just a complete road block,” Hamlin said. “I had to just choose who I was going to hit.”
Biffle made the biggest gain in the standings, jumping six positions to fifth. Edwards also moved up two spots to fourth and Gordon from 10th to sixth. Denny Hamlin took the hardest hit in the points, falling five positions to ninth after his 43rd-place finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Pocono Raceway next Sunday afternoon.