Busch ends skid with Cup victory
RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch snapped a 21-race losing streak — an eternity by his standards — with a late-race pass at Richmond International Raceway that denied Jeff Gordon yet another victory.
Although Busch embarrassed the field early last night — at one point, there were only eight cars on the lead lap — the racing evened out and Busch's car faded just a bit. That put Gordon in position for the win, a spot he's been in at least three other times this season.
Once again, though, he was denied. Three late cautions gave the challengers a chance to chase Gordon down, and Busch capitalized with a pass on the final restart to win the Sprint Cup's Health Calhoun 400 and stretch the four-time NASCAR champion's winless streak to 38 races.
"I don't even remember what just happened," Busch said. "I drove it down into Turn 1 and hoped it stuck. I knew I had to baby it into Turn 3 and finally got to clear Jeff. We set sail there from there."
Indeed he did, as Gordon had to hold off Kevin Harvick to keep second place.
Since Gordon's last victory, at Texas last year, he has finished second eight frustrating times.
INDY RACING LEAGUE
Dixon cruises to victory: Scott Dixon took an early lead and never gave the other drivers much of a chance in yesterday's Road Runner Turbo 300, cruising to his second straight IndyCar Series victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Dixon had an easy race day, leading the final 150 of the 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval. Runner-up Dario Franchitti finished more than 3 seconds behind.