Sold Out Crowd Watches as Busch Wins The Kroger 200 at IRP INDIANAPOLIS (August 7, 2004) The 2004 Kroger SpeedFest wrapped up on Saturday with 200 laps of exciting short track racing and Kurt Busch was able to hold off Johnny Sautuer for his ...
Sold Out Crowd Watches as Busch Wins The Kroger 200 at IRP
INDIANAPOLIS (August 7, 2004) The 2004 Kroger SpeedFest wrapped up on Saturday with 200 laps of exciting short track racing and Kurt Busch was able to hold off Johnny Sautuer for his fourth win of the season in front of a sell out crowd at IRP.
"It was an awesome all night and all day and a great job by the Lowes team," said Busch in victory lane. "I knew he (Sauter) was getting closer and closer and I thought man I don't know how I'm going to hold him off but I stopped looking in the mirror and drove my car and won."
For Sauter it was another night of finishing the race one position short of the win. He was second in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 on Friday and once again ended up one position short.
"I wish I would have had a caution with ten to go and I could have gotten pass Kyle," said Sauter. "On cold tires I was good but on warm tires I wasn't able to get around him but it was a good night over all."
Tonight's race was officially classified as a sold out prior to the drop of the green flag. While no attendance can be release due to company policy, Ron Anderson, general manger states, "having this race sold out is tremendous testament to the popularity of NASCAR racing in Indiana. We at IRP are extremely overjoyed, not only for ourselves but also by the support and dedication the Kroger Company puts into this race."
Busch's team started a new tradition following the race as he and the rest of his crew kneeled at the start finish lane and kissed the checkered flags on the track.
"The motor builder said we were going to start our own tradition at IRP," laughed Busch. "At IMS they kiss the yard of bricks so he said lets kiss the start finish line here. I thought it was pretty cool and we jumped in and did it as a team."