Kurt Busch Wins Weather Roulette Game in Michigan Victory | Launderer report
The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway was A tale of two busches, and in that sense only, it was old school Charles Dickens.
The best of times and the worst of times.
The theme song could have been “Baby, the Rain Must Fall”.
But when? A brother Busch won at roulette. The other was playing for high stakes and maybe losing almost everything.
Many others could have won just as easily if the climatic deluge had arrived sooner or later. At least two, Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick, could have supported Victory Lane if Mother Nature had supported them.
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Kurt busch won for the second time this season because his Chevrolet was better tuned for when it was going to rain for the last time. The race, scheduled for 200 laps (400 miles), reached lap 138 – or 276 miles – before ending prematurely after four red flag stops.
Luck was involved, but this was, as often noted, where preparation met opportunity. Busch’s unfazed crew chief Tony Gibson and observer Rick Carelli coolly analyzed the outlook and kept the driver updated on the weather.
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“We could see the storms start to develop,” Gibson said at a press conference. “It’s stressful when it rains like that, when it’s intermittent.
“You’re looking at a radar screen, but you don’t know exactly when it’s going to strike. It was quite stressful for everyone, but everyone stayed calm and cool. Rick Carelli did a great job in the scouting booth keeping Kurt informed.
Kurt Busch was driving his spare car, having crashed during practice on Friday. Next week, the series takes a well-deserved break before the road race in Sonoma, Calif. On June 28.
“Every time you win it comes with a basket full of goodies,” he said, “and … [more of the unknown] comes from there, and it is the pep in the approach of the members of the team, and the real chemistry and the feeling in the workshop.
“Every time you win a second race, it really gives you that cachet [that] you’re in the Chase, and now let’s work through these summer months to make the team better. … Everyone will take this victory and enjoy it for an extra week, reload, and that will give us the gas we need to go through with it. [the final race] at Homestead.
In Victory Lane – OK, actually it was a makeshift site that was sheltered from the rain – Kurt Busch said, “You have to get dirty and dirty”, although it would have been more appropriate s ‘he had said’ wet and soggy. “
“You really have to roll up your sleeves and get your elbows dirty and put some work into it,” Busch explained, “and (team leader) Tony Gibson makes these guys work a little harder.”
Chemist team. Thanks to each decal glued on the side. Congratulations to all those remotely associated with Stewart-Haas Racing. Fantastic series. Pleasure to drive. Assortment of other items rated as “amazing” and “amazing”.
The rain was not the least. It was quick. It was unpredictable. It wouldn’t go away.
The rain benefited older brother Busch. This has buried the junior, perhaps not just for Sunday, but for that wobbly Sprint Cup Chase in the distance.
The ending was a consequence of the way a roulette wheel spun and the way the competition fell, sliding in circles until the wheel stopped because the rain started.
Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip, who to be fair is a bit prone to hyperbole, told TV audiences: “It was the strangest race I have ever seen.”
Another who might have won if Mother Nature had behaved differently, Martin Truex Jr., told a post-race press conference: “More than anything else, it’s just a pain in the ass.
“I mean, you come in [the car], you get ready to leave, and you say to yourself, okay, we’re coming, getting ready to go green, and it’s raining again. … It’s a bit of a big disappointment when you have to stop and get out of the car again.
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Truex, by the way, has finished in the top 10 in 14 of 15 races to date, a final feat achieved by Richard Petty at the start of the 1969 season.
What separated the winner from the runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. and third place Truex was Busch’s ability to erase them on what would be the final reboot. He was behind Kyle Larson, the talented second-year driver still chasing his first Cup victory. All three had bet on the pit lane to position themselves on the track, feeling the end was near. But Larson had to stop on lap 132, allowing Busch to inherit the lead.
“Regarding restarts, [my car] didn’t take off as well as the ’41’ (Kurt Busch), ”Earnhardt said. “I think in the long run, again, we were one of the better cars.”
Ha. Long term. On Sunday, a long race had to go from the pit route to the garage without an umbrella.
If he could have waited five more minutes before stealing his Chevrolet, Larson would have it now. Team manager Chris Heroy’s bet put him in a position to win, but the timing was slightly off.
“We could see the time coming from (round) 4 and just praying that it would come in time for me to stay out and be in the lead when the rain hit,” Larson said. “Hey, I applaud my guys for trying. We are deep enough (18e) in the points, so you have to take risks like that to do the Chase.
“I’m happy with the call. I just wish the rain had come three laps earlier.
That day the Anti-Busch, in terms of luck, was also a Busch. Kyle was a competitor. He is known for his ability to save a seemingly out of control car. This is why what happened on lap 53 seemed strange. Running alongside his brother and future winner, Kyle’s Toyota took a nosedive, and when he over-corrected, she headed for the wall of the fourth corner, narrowly missing Kurt’s Chevrolet.
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It was a little unexpected to see Kyle busch lose control without at least fighting. He had recently stung. It wasn’t a tire failure.
Apparently, at least according to radio communications leader Kevin Harvick with his crew later broadcast on Fox, it was raining when officials decided to fly the Green Flag.
NASCAR gave Kyle Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season as he recovered from leg injuries sustained in a Daytona Xfinity series and who won a race of that series in Michigan on Saturday, a waiver that allows him to qualify for the Chase, now 11 races away, if he can win a Cup race. But that is only if he reaches the top 30 in the points classification.
The accident relegated him to last place, 43rd. He received one point, giving him 78 for the season. Right now, Justin Allgaier, 30, has 251. The Michigan disaster was a setback Kyle Busch might find impossible to overcome.
What may have dashed the hopes of Chase of Kyle Busch also resulted in a notable setback for Carl Edwards (12th), who led 43 laps and was in the lead in another stoppage; pole winner Kasey Kahne (15th); Larson (16th); Jimmie Johnson (19th), Jeff Gordon (21st); and Harvick (29th), who led more laps (63) than anyone else.
Kurt Busch led six. The combined top 10 led 23.
Winning team co-owner Gene Haas said, “You know, running is a tough sport.
“I’m telling you, when you see Kurt out there driving that way, when it comes to doing it, when he needs to get ahead of another driver, there are skills out there that they don’t. just teach you nowhere. “
And the weather. There is time there too.
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