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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer Kurt Busch had shown all kinds of promise with his new team, finishing in the top five in consecutive races and climbing to the cusp of being in the coveted top 12 of NASCAR's Sprint Cup standings.
He was doing well at Martinsville on Sunday, too, until a bad fuel pump and then a brake issue caused his day to end in a fiery crash. The car that had been seventh was suddenly relegated to 37th place.
It was the kind of incident that has gotten the hot-headed Busch in trouble in the past, but the 2004 series champion says his image is part being in the spotlight and part being shown in a negative light.
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Kurt Busch made contact with the wall at Martinsville Speedway engulfing his No. 78 Chevrolet in fire. Busch was able to press the fire extinguisher inside the car which put out the fire. The race was red flagged with the cars stopped on the front stretch so that safety crews could remove the car from the track. In an interview shown on television Busch termed it as a brake problem with the car.
Kurt Busch is known for having a bit of a fiery temper at times, but at Martinsville Sunday it wasn't his temper that was on fire it was his engine. With 15 laps to go his engine burst into flames effectively ending his day.
"Something happened with the brakes," Busch said. "The pedal felt spongy going into three and four and I gave it a courtesy pump and it...
15 laps before the finish of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville, Kurt Busch spun around after bumping David Gilliland. “Something happened with the brakes,” Busch said via Yahoo! Sports. “The pedal felt spongy going into three and four and I gave it a courtesy pump and it came to. I go down the front straightaway and gave it another courtesy pump and it went...
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For a brief time during the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway it appeared that Kurt Busch was going to make another comeback as he did by scoring top-five finishes in the past two Sprint Cup races in Bristol, Tenn. and Fontana, Calif.
But on this Sunday at the southern Virginia short track the bad breaks and mechanical malfunctions were just too much...