Kurt Busch Wins Second Straight at Atlanta HAMPTON, Ga. (March 7, 2010) - For the second consecutive season, Kurt Busch and the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team captured the checkered flag at the Kobalt Tools 500. Busch held on...
Kurt Busch Wins Second Straight at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 7, 2010) - For the second consecutive season, Kurt Busch and the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team captured the checkered flag at the Kobalt Tools 500. Busch held on through two green-white-checkered flag finish attempts Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway to claim his first win of the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series season.
After starting 11th on Sunday, Busch guided the Miller Lite Dodge Charger to the front of the field and led six times for 129 laps en route to his 21st career Cup Series victory. The win enabled the 2004 series champion to move up to 10th in the driver standings after four races. The victory was also the first for Busch with crew chief Steve Addington, who joined the No. 2 team before the start of the season.
"I'm just so happy to bring this car home to Victory Lane," said Busch, who celebrated the victory in customary fashion as he grabbed the checkered flag and lapped the course in reverse . "With Steve Addington and all his new ideas, I never knew how we could mesh them together and how soon we were able to do it. We were able to get it right and hit just perfect with the marks today. Even on all the restarts at the end, I just felt like we had the car to beat. We were racing that 9 car today and it's great to bring home Miller Lite on top. For Dodge, this is a great win. When Kurt wins, somebody wins a Dodge Challenger, so hopefully you have your UPC labels in. I'm so excited for this team and all of our associate sponsors right now."
The performance marked the third career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Busch.
The race featured several dramatic crashes, including one that involved Busch's Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski. Though he appeared headed for a top-10 finish, Keselowski was hit from behind by the car driven by Carl Edwards. Keselowski and Edwards tangled early on in the race and after the crash that sent Keselowski airborn, NASCAR parked Edwards for the remainder of the race.
Keselowski, who was not seriously injured in the crash, wound up 36th in the running order while Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. finished 28th.
-source: penske racing