Kurt Busch is finally a winner in the Cup Series at his home track.
Busch led the final 26 laps in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 27th, netting his first win at the 1.5-mile speedway in his 22nd start.
“When the opportunity to win comes your way, you have to be that lion and you have to grab that piece of meat and you can’t let go, and you have to continue to protect it when others are coming up with all the other yellows and restarts and drafts and inside lane, outside lane,” Busch said to The Racing Experts.
“That’s what I’m going to remember the most, and it’s similar to my win at Kentucky last year against my little brother.”
Busch, the 2004 series champion, ended a 47-race winless streak, dating back to July 2019 at Kentucky Speedway.
The win guarantees Busch a spot in the Round of 8. Since the inception of the current playoff format, Busch has never advanced out of the Round of 8.
In his 21 year career in NASCAR’s elite series, Busch has racked up 32 wins, including the 2017 Daytona 500, and the 2004 series championship. Additionally, he has won at least one race in each of the last seven seasons.
“Any time you win, it’s special, but to do it in front of my hometown crowd and nobody was there and all the people that I see every time I come to Vegas and I get to say thank you and I can’t right now, that’s the hardest part,” Busch said.
“So this one is easily ramping up to being my third most favorite win ever.”
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