After the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup races, Kurt Busch simply wanted to finish a race.
With mechanical issues at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway and then the crew forgetting to torque the wheel last week at Kansas Speedway, Busch's ability to lead 36 laps and compete among the top five for the majority of Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway was quite the turnaround.
"We were there," said Busch, who finished ninth after a caution bunched up the field late and set up a green-white-checkered finish. "We were top-five all night. Some guys cycled ahead of us. Some guys we were able to get back by on long runs. So all in all, it was a great night for us to be in the top five, have restarts up front and lead some laps. And then, you could just tell. Green-white-checkered; everybody is going to put on tires. Some guys are going to do two. Some guys stayed out. And it's just a free-for-all."
After three drivers stayed on the track and two took only two...