Darlington: Kurt Busch race report

Kurt Busch Climbs Two Spots in NSCS Point Standings In Saturday night's Dodge Challenger 500 at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway, Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch climbed two spots in the 2008 NASCAR Cup Series driver point standings with his...

Kurt Busch Climbs Two Spots in NSCS Point Standings

In Saturday night's Dodge Challenger 500 at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway, Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch climbed two spots in the 2008 NASCAR Cup Series driver point standings with his 12th place finish in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge while teammates Ryan Newman and Sam Hornish Jr. finished 37th and 38th, respectively. No. 2 Miller Lite driver Busch started fifth and ran among the top-five for much of the 367-lap event, but mechanical problems with the right-front suspension caused a long pit stop with less than 100 laps remaining. The end result saw Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champ, climb to 22nd in the 2008 driver point standings and, most importantly, close the distance to 12th place - and Chase eligibility - from 222 points to 194 points.

"The Miller Lite team did a great job tonight," Busch said, appearing relieved to bounce back from a five-race streak of finishing no better than 23rd. "The Charlotte test paid dividends. With this right sides being the same as Charlotte here at Darlington, we just kept the same frame of mind for four days straight which really helped us. It will be nice to do that again at the All-Star race and the (Coca-Cola) 600 and try to stick with the same tire and give our team some continuity and hopefully we'll benefit from it."

"It was definitely a bittersweet run for us here tonight," said Miller Lite team crew chief Pat Tryson. "It was definitely gratifying to see us up there running competitively again and Kurt raced his tail end off. The bad thing is that we had at worst a top-five car and we didn't get the finish we deserved. We fell back as far as 20th or so and Kurt raced his guts out to get back up there to 12th."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske