Sometimes, a driver has to slow down to go fast.
For Kurt Busch, who led 15 laps before NASCAR penalized the No. 78 Chevy twice for speeding on pit road, the team's strategy of attempting to complete the race on two pit stops dissolved quickly on Sunday at Sonoma. But the 2004 Sprint Cup champ battled back for a remarkable fourth-place finish.
"Yeah, we were fast, even on pit road -- twice," Busch said. "I messed up, flat-out."
When Busch made a pit stop from second-place on Lap 35, NASCAR issued a pass-through penalty the first time he was busted. However, when he sped again while serving the penalty, they punished Busch with a "stop-n-go."
"I didn't hit my tachometer right, and I was speeding both times," Busch said. "It was one of those where I'm like, 'How does that happen?' I just put myself in a position that was poor trying to get too much on pit road. But, man, this Furniture Row Chevy was fast."
Busch restarted 38th following the second penalty. He was lapped by the ra...