LAS VEGAS — The Busch brothers didn’t win in their native Las Vegas Sprint Cup Series round Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Kurt Busch left the race tied with Tony Stewart atop the Sprint Cup Series standings.
Busch drove his Penske Racing Dodge to a ninth-place finish and is tied with Stewart, seven points ahead of Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya.
“We gave it all we had,” Busch said. “Steve [Addington, crew chief] made a great call to put us up front early and we were running, just biding our time. On a restart, I got too racy. I wanted the lead and to get the bonus point and you can’t do that. You have to race your race, let the race come to you. I was a little loose, had some rear brake in it. Montoya was close and I spun it around.”
Still Busch battled back to finish ninth.
“I’m not sure we had the winning car, but we were good enough to be top 10 and get as many points as I could,” Busch said. “Man, once you get stuck back in the pack here, everybody is running the same speed and it’s just really hard to gain spots. The only way that you can do so is on pit road and have the confidence that your guys are going to do their job [in the pits]. This place is just fast and you’re on the edge every lap of the race.”
Meanwhile, Kyle Busch was a contender for the victory during the early stages of the race, but blew an engine in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and was finished after only 107 laps.