Kurt Busch Wins Dover Sprint Cup Race
Kurt Busch passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go, held off the defending champion on the final laps on won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
The victory in the third race of the Chase moved Busch from ninth to tied for third with pre-race leader Tony Stewart in points.
“I feel like we’re right in the mix,” Busch said when asked if he can now be considered a Chase contender.
Kevin Harvick, who finished 10th, and Carl Edwards, who finished third, left Dover tied for the points lead.
Johnson finished second and moved from 10th to fifth in points.
“It gets us right back into the thick of things,” Johnson said after the race.
Kasey Kahne finished fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth Sunday.
Kyle Busch was sixth.
Edwards had the best car in the first third or so of the race, leading 116 laps. But his problems started when he was tagged with a speeding penalty – his first of the season. He would work his way back onto the lead lap and then to the top three late.
“That was really, really, really dumb,” Edwards said of his penalty.
Chasers who had lousy days included:
– Dale Earnhardt Jr. He had a broken sway bar early in the race and then had to pit for a vibration late in the race. He finished 24th.
– Ryan Newman. Poorly handling car. He finished 23rd.
– Tony Stewart. Poorly handling car. He started the race with the points lad, finished 25th.
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