Resilient Kurt Busch Finishes Fourth

Kurt Busch

Busch: "I'm sorry because I blew a pretty strong car and came home fourth with it." (Photo: Getty Images)

Kurt Busch overcame a great deal of adversity to come home fourth in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Busch started Sunday’s first road course race from the seventh position and was quickly battling for the lead before finally taking the top spot. After finishing third in the 2012 edition of the race as a member of the Phoenix Racing team, Busch was determined to have another good run this time around in the Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.

But after finally working his way into the top spot and leading for 15 laps disaster struck for Busch and the No. 78 team. He was busted for speeding on pit road, a penalty that was compounded when he was pegged again for exceeding the speed limit when he came to serve the drive through penalty.

The turn of events dropped Busch to the rear of the field to 38th place and a lap down, seemingly ending his chance of competing for the win.

However, Busch worked his way back to the lead lap and as the race wore on surged to the lead pack before finally settling for the impressive fourth-place performance.

“Yeah, we were fast, even on pit road, twice,” Busch laughed after the race. “I messed-up, flat-out. I didn’t hit my tachometer right and I was speeding both times. It was one of those where I’m like how does that happen? I just put myself in a position that was poor trying to get too much on pit road. But man, this Furniture Row Chevy was fast.”

Perhaps more impressive than the finish was Busch’s ability to remain calm and try to stay focused on trying to run down eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr. during the frustration he was dealt.

“When we were running a lap down with him, I was trying to pace myself,” Busch explained. “I wanted to get back on the lead lap. We did get back on the lead lap when he pitted, but we had to battle hard. We came back up through there. You’ve got to rub guys and move guys and we gave guys room and just made one mistake.”

Busch is still hopeful of racing his way into the Chase and heads to next Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway 17th in the Sprint Cup Series standings, 28 points out of the 10th and final transfer spot.

But he’s still bitter about what might have been Sunday in Sonoma.

"I'm sorry because I blew a pretty strong car and came home fourth with it," said Busch.

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