Busch Wins in Double OT Shootout



HAMPTON, Ga. — Kurt Busch halted Jimmie Johnson’s domination of the 2010 NASCAR Cup season by winning Sunday’s Kobalt 500 in a double overtime shootout.

Kurt Busch, winner of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Hampton, Ga., gets a hug from his wife, Eva.
Kurt Busch, winner of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Hampton, Ga., gets a hug from his wife, Eva.
“We were able to get it right today,” said Busch. “It feels like I had to win the race two or three times.”

Busch led 129 laps and moved from 19th to 10th in Chase points.

The first green-white-checkered restart was set up after Carl Edwards sent Brad Keselowski airborne and into the outside retaining wall.

This pair has been rubbing, shoving and wrecking each other since the 2009 Talladega race. It has even spilled over into the Nationwide Series.

When they get close to each other, there is usually some damaged equipment.

The first Sunday incident between them occurred on lap 41.

It appeared Edwards cut down across Keselowski’s nose.

Keselowski held his line and speed.

Edwards was sent spinning up the track and into the outside wall. On the way he collected Joey Logano.

Edwards admitted it might have been his fault.

“He cut down on me and I lifted, but I couldn’t lift anymore for him,” said Keselowski.

For the remaining 155 laps, Edwards and his team worked on his wrecked No. 99 in the garage.

Edwards managed to get back on the track, and with six laps remaining, it was payback time.

Keselowski passed Edwards and appeared to drift down just a little. It was just enough for Edwards to give Keselowski’s No. 12 a nudge.

Keselowski’s car went airborne and hit the outside retaining wall before landing back on its wheels.

“It was just a wild ride that was uncalled for,” said Keselowski.

NASCAR parked Edwards and his No. 99 for the remainder of the race, and summoned him to the NASCAR hauler for a consultation.

“At the end of the day people that race have got to have respect for one another,” said Edwards. “I wish that hadn’t gone like it did, but we’ll just go on and race some more. Maybe he and I won’t have any more incidents together.”

The second green-white-checkered start occurred after a seven-car pileup initiated by Jamie McMurray.

Busch got a good jump on the rest of the field and pulled away. Juan Montoya and Kasey Kahne got bogged down together at the start/finish line, allowing Matt Kenseth to slip around them and finish second.

Montoya was third followed by Kahne, Paul Menard, A.J. Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick and Scott Speed.

Top 12 Chase contenders after 4 of 36: 1. Harvick-644, 2. Kenseth-618, 3. Biffle-585, 4. Johnson-570, 5. Bowyer-558, 6. Burton-538, 7. Martin-521, 8. Stewart-510, 9. Menard-505, 10. Kurt Busch-502, 11. J. Gordon-482, 12. Speed-482.

 

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