Although he currently sits 18th in points, Kurt Busch is finally on the comeback trail. The driver who abruptly left Penske Racing after the 2011 is getting back to running how he normally should. You could say 2012 was a year for Busch to find himself and 2013 is a year where Kurt proves he still has a lot left in his tank.
Working diligently with the crew at Furniture Row Racing, Busch has amassed three top-5 finishes and four top-10 finishes in the first 12 races. He also got a pole a couple of weeks ago at the Darlington Raceway. Both Busch and the team have shown the potential, especially the past few weekends at Darlington and Charlotte, and it’s been a product of hard work by all involved.
“It’s been a nice combination of really working hard and then testing a lot. We tested every other week in the month of May so the month of June will be nice to not have to go to the other tracks during the week and that way we can get caught up with things and really review and get more intense with the debriefs. It was great though, the month of May at Charlotte with a couple top-fives and then now we jump into the summer stretch. I read that it’s only 14 races until the Chase cutoff, which is hard to believe. It’s like, wait a minute the season was just getting started, but at the same time here we are, it’s June 1 and away we go. The next few races will be tough for us. Where we struggled was the tracks with fresh asphalt like Kansas and Vegas and that’s what we have with Pocono and Michigan coming up after Dover. We’ll see how that shakes out. That’s where if we can capitalize on the tougher tracks for us. That’s when we’ll fall into that groove where we need to be. Basically, you can walk the garage and see where we’ve been running and we just need to get our points with consistent finishes. We can’t get it with good, good finishes. We just have to be consistent,” Busch told reporters Friday from the Dover International Speedway.
The team is close and could potentially breakthrough for not just one win, but possibly more than that. The key to that will be getting over the issues that seem to plague the team this year. Random mechanical failures and Busch losing the car for the last portion of the race. It’s about closing out the deal and if they can do that then the results should come.
“Just those last 50 laps. When you’re running at the end of the race, I had a guy that we played together with at a charity golf tournament yesterday and he goes, ‘What’s wrong with this sport? Why has it turned into this last 50 laps thing?’ It’s like football in the fourth quarter or like basketball in the fourth quarter, baseball right after the seventh inning stretch and everybody changes the way they run. I’m a guy that runs intense every lap and so I was just trying to carry that banner of keeping it real, racing hard, racing every lap and giving it my all 100 percent every lap,” Busch explained.
Also aiding Busch and his crew this year has been working with the drivers at Richard Childress Racing. Furniture Row Racing and RCR have a technical alliance, but with a former champion in the mix with Busch, communication has opened up more than in the past.
“The (Kevin) Harvick and (Paul) Menard, (Jeff) Burton, just having that teammate situation and it legitimately is that we are the fourth car. It has been good to work with them and have the information go down both sides of the interstate so to speak. It was great to see them win. We’ve had two really good runs at Richmond and Charlotte and we didn’t capitalize and they did. It’s great to see a teammate capitalize at the end of the day and bring home the trophy to Richard Childress Racing,” said Busch.
Busch and his crew will go to work on closing out the race and getting Busch his second career win at Dover later today starting at 1 PM EST. You can catch the action on FOX.