Kurt Busch kept his early season hot streak alive Sunday in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Busch finished sixth in the fifth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. It was the fourth straight top-10 performance for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver.
“We had a good day,” Busch said. “I was just hoping to get a top 5 and came home just a bit short. But the growth rate of us at Ganassi and the adjustments we’re making, I couldn’t be happier. I’m smiling as I’m driving the car.
“It’s so much fun to toss it down in there with all this downforce and the horsepower, you just pitch it sideways and see if it’s going to stick. But, we know we’ve got our work cut out for us. It’s awesome to run up front. I’m smiling. But, we know at our growth rate, we’re not on a plateau yet. I’ve got to keep going.”
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Busch also continues to pace the Chevrolet contingent. He was once again the highest finishing driver from the Chevy camp with Austin Dillon next in 10th.
“I want to see more Bowties up there all around me,” Busch said. “It’s those teams that are there right now with Penske, SHR, Gibbs, that’s what’s towing the boat and towing the whole sequence.
“For us at Ganassi, we’ve got to cross over that threshold and get to that next level. Whether Chevy is going to help us or we’re taking them, we’re just going to continue to work hard as a team no matter what it is.”
While Busch was celebrating his solid day his younger brother Kyle was winning Sunday’s race and in the process putting his 200th career NASCAR National Series victory on the board. Not surprisingly, Busch is proud of his brother’s success.
“But, this is a big day,” Busch said. “For my little brother to have 200 wins, they’re all added up through his hard work and his dedication to perfection. Not bad for two kids with an attitude from Vegas.”