Kurt Busch barely beat his younger brother Kyle to win the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night in what became an instant classic. Overtime was needed to finish the 267 lap race which saw a 3 wide battle for the lead and both Kyle and Kurt almost wreck coming to the checkers. The race also saw numerous lead changes and odd pit strategies.
Winner of the race
Obviously it’s Kurt who could have won Daytona last weekend if it he hadn’t been on the wrong side of a lightning bolt that saw Haley pick up his 1st career win. Kurt scored his 1st win of the season and his 1st for new team Chip Ganassi Racing. Kurt also broke a tie for 26th on the all time wins list with his victory on Saturday. Kurt hadn’t won a race since Bristol in August last year. Kurt is now locked into the playoffs with that win.
Loser of the race
Most people would say Kyle is the loser of the race but I chose Joey Logano simply because HE HAD THE RACE IN THE BAG if it hadn’t been for Bubba Wallace spinning with 6 laps to go to bring out the final caution and force overtime. Joey had a strong Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang all night long and his pit strategy would have paid off.
Odd call of the race.
That goes to Daniel Suarez’s crew chief who made an odd decision on the 1st caution pit stop of the night to come in and take 4 tires when it was obvious that tire wear wasn’t going to play a huge factor into the race. He was the leader coming into the pits, came out in 15 and could never regain that lead again. Suarez had a nice rebound and finished 8th.
Nascar heads North to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday’s “Foxwood Casino and Resorts 301” Race coverage begins at 1pm EDT. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.