The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Auto Racing

July 14, 2013

Kurt Busch storms into contention for Chase

LOUDON, N.H. — Kurt Busch has lost rides with top teams. He’s paid the price for losing his cool more times than anyone in NASCAR can count.

Busch, though, has never lost his ability to drive.

He’s kept his composure, kept that superior skill behind the wheel and kept pace this season with the best in the Cup series.

Yes, Jimmie Johnson is again the driver to beat.

Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth are primed to be in the thick of championships contention.

But look who’s lurking not too far behind. Just the 2004 Cup champion who’s found a home at Furniture Row Racing and found a regular spot running up front to put NASCAR on notice that he can still be as good as it gets in a stock car.

Busch is ninth in the points standings entering Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He’ll start second in the No. 78 Chevrolet at a track where he has three career victories — and he has win No. 1 of this season in sight.

Busch has reeled off three straight top-six finishes and has five top 10s in his last seven races to storm into contention and up the standings.

“For us to be in the Chase is a huge accomplishment for a single-car organization,” Busch said. “For me, it’s great to be back in the Chase and the fraternity of guys I’m accustomed to hanging out with over the years.”

With 24 career Cup wins, Busch had long proven himself as one of the top drivers in the sport.

But he’s had more teams (2) than wins (0) the last two seasons and hasn’t pulled into Victory Lane since winning the fall 2011 race at Dover.

He has plenty of time to take the checkered flag this season — not that he necessarily needs a win to make the Chase. With eight races left until the 12-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Busch just needs to keep the steady top 10s coming to stick around.

Text Only
Auto Racing
  • ken de la Bastide mug Ken de la Bastide: Allmendinger makes Chase field

    Lost in the media furor surrounding Tony Stewart last weekend was the fact that A.J. Almendinger qualified for the Sprint Cup chase for the championship.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Speedway announces changes to races Anderson Speedway officials have announced changes to the racing programs on Oct. 4 and 11, along with the addition of an event on Oct. 25.

    August 19, 2014

  • Pierce dominates winged sprint action Daleville’s Aaron Pierce used a fast race car and lots of patience late in the race to win the winged sprint car feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

    August 17, 2014

  • Winged sprint cars return to Anderson Speedway Anderson Speedway returns to racing action Saturday with the second appearance from the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series. The NASH FM ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drives Oval divisions will also be part of the racing program.

    August 15, 2014

  • Ken de la Bastide: Tragedy should lead to changes Since I learned last weekend of the tragic accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. at a race track in upstate New York, I’ve been thinking of the impact it would have on auto racing.

    August 13, 2014

  • 1115 Stewart.jpg NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track

    NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0811 - Speedway art Tunny claims National Crown Ben Tunny is no stranger to winning at Anderson Speedway, adding the 65th running of the National Crown to his resume Saturday.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ken de la Bastide: National Crown in spotlight This Saturday marks the 65th running of the National Crown, acknowledged as the longest continuous stock car race in America. The Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway also started in 1950, but that race came to an end in 2004.

    August 6, 2014

  • Burge inherits Street Stock victory Dustin Burge inherited the lead with 15 laps remaining and went on to win his first Champion Racing Association Street Stock feature of the year.

    August 3, 2014

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Ken de la Bastide column - column sig Ken de la Bastide: Good racing across the board

    This past weekend I got to witness four pretty good races at three different venues in central Indiana, none of them disappointed.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Racing News