Kurt Busch finishes 14th in Brickyard 400

Kurt Bush: “The 14th-place finish is unacceptable.”

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – A lack of grip due to handling issues at Indianapolis Motor Speedway dropped Kurt Busch to a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.

Busch, who started the 160-lap, 400-mile event from the sixth position in his Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet, ran consistently in the top 10 until the late stages of the race at the famed Brickyard.

Kurt Busch, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
Kurt Busch, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

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“The 14th-place finish is unacceptable,” said Busch. “We were strong in practice but had trouble in the race running in traffic. The car was loose and didn’t have the grip at the end that was needed on this track. We couldn’t close the deal today and that is very disappointing.

We’ve accomplished a lot this season, but one area we need to improve upon is finishing stronger. I am confident that we'll get better. This Furniture Row team has a great work ethic and is committed to keep on improving.”

Busch remained 14th in the driver point standings but lost some ground in his quest of making the Chase, NASCAR’s 10-race playoff for the Sprint Cup championship.

He is 13 points from 10th place, the final Chase position before the two wildcard entries. Busch came into the race seven points from 10th. There are six races remaining before the start of the Chase.

“No question we have to run better than we did today if we want to get into the top-10,” said Busch. “We are definitely capable of making it happen, but we need to be mistake free and have strong finishes in the next six races.”

The winner of the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard was Ryan Newman. Rounding out the top-10 in order were: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kyle Busch.

The race had 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and there were three cautions for 14 laps.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is Sunday, Aug. 4 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Furniture Row Racing
Article type Race report
Tags brickyard 400, busch, chevrolet, indy 250, nascar-cup