Kurt Busch too good at Infineon

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Monday 27th June, 2011 - 8:20am

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Kurt Busch dominated from the outset

Kurt Busch dominated from the outset

Kurt Busch has won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in northern California.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose ran as high as second, but simply did not have the car to compete for the victory – he finished fifth.

Busch, who had scored three-straight pole positions before the weekend, started 12th but quickly drove to the front and controlled the race from that point.

Even when others pitted out of sequence to gain track position, Busch’s Penske team stuck to their game plan to take his first win of the year.

“It was an unbelievable set-up today,” said Busch.

“Once the car got in the grove from lap five we just stepped it up.

“We had to conserve our rear tyres and make sure we had good fuel mileage. We did that and the Dodge never missed a beat.”

Others who looked likely to challenge included Tony Stewart, but after he turned Brian Vickers on lap #38 the pay-back came big late in the race. The Red Bull driver dumping Stewart with the Chevrolet ending up stuck on the top of a tyre wall.

That late caution came with Ambrose in third place. His crew decided to take four fresh tyres with the hope of driving back to the front. However, he was forced to re-start 16th and spent the final 20 laps passing others who stayed out.

Of those who didn’t pit was second place finisher Jeff Gordon and championship leader Carl Edwards who finished third. Fourth place went to Clint Bowyer.

RACE RESULTS: Toyota/Save Mart 350

FIN ST DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 11 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 48/5 110 Running
2 13 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 42/0 110 Running
3 23 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Ortho 41/0 110 Running
4 9 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 41/1 110 Running
5 8 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 39/0 110 Running
6 1 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 39/1 110 Running
7 12 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 37/0 110 Running
8 14 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 110 Running
9 26 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem Tankless Water Heaters 36/1 110 Running
10 15 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 34/0 110 Running
11 19 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel 33/0 110 Running
12 29 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 33/1 110 Running
13 7 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 31/0 110 Running
14 33 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 30/0 110 Running
15 2 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29/0 110 Running
16 24 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 29/1 110 Running
17 3 Paul Menard Chevrolet Duracell / Menards 27/0 110 Running
18 28 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / GNC 26/0 110 Running
19 16 Mark Martin Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 25/0 110 Running
20 6 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 24/0 110 Running
21 25 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 23/0 110 Running
22 17 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Cottonelle 23/1 110 Running
23 22 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 21/0 110 Running
24 32 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 20/0 110 Running
25 5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 19/0 110 Running
26 43 Andy Pilgrim Chevrolet Red Line Oil 18/0 110 Running
27 42 Chris Cook Ford “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” 17/0 110 Running
28 30 Boris Said Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 16/0 110 Running
29 34 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 15/0 110 Running
30 38 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 14/0 110 Running
31 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 13/0 110 Running
32 39 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 12/0 110 Running
33 40 Brian Simo Ford ARMA Energy 11/0 109 Running
34 27 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 10/0 108 Running
35 41 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 9/0 104 Running
36 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 8/0 103 Running
37 4 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 8/1 99 Running
38 21 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Kleenex 6/0 91 Running
39 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 6/1 88 Accident
40 31 Joe Nemechek Toyota Hostetler Almonds 0 66 Transmission
41 18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 3/0 45 Overheating
42 37 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 0 10 Ignition
43 35 P.J. Jones Dodge Speed Energy / GNC 1/0 5 Susp.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP: After Race 16 of 36

RANK DRIVER POINTS
1 Carl Edwards 573
2 Kevin Harvick 548
3 Jimmie Johnson 540
4 Kurt Busch 539
5 Kyle Busch 536
6 Matt Kenseth 521
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 508
8 Clint Bowyer 496
9 Jeff Gordon 480
10 Ryan Newman 475
11 Denny Hamlin 463
12 Tony Stewart 460
13 Greg Biffle 446
14 Mark Martin 443
15 A.J. Allmendinger 433
16 Juan Montoya 432
17 Paul Menard 429
18 Martin Truex Jr. 412
19 Kasey Kahne 411
20 David Ragan 410
21 Marcos Ambrose 408
22 Brad Keselowski 398
23 Joey Logano 398
24 Jeff Burton 368
25 David Reutimann 361
26 Brian Vickers 356
27 Jamie McMurray 355
28 Regan Smith 351
29 Bobby Labonte 332
30 David Gilliland 287
31 Dave Blaney 244
32 Casey Mears 229
33 Robby Gordon 183
34 Andy Lally* 169
35 Tony Raines 117
36 Bill Elliott 100
37 Ken Schrader 73
38 Michael McDowell 59
39 Terry Labonte 52
40 J.J. Yeley 51
41 David Stremme 27
42 Michael Waltrip 20
43 Andy Pilgrim 18
44 Chris Cook 17
45 Boris Said 16
46 Brian Simo 11
47 T.J. Bell* 5
48 Brian Keselowski* 3
49 Steve Park 2
50 P.J. Jones 1
51 Trevor Bayne 0
52 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
53 Landon Cassill 0
54 Steve Wallace 0
55 Mike Skinner 0
56 Travis Kvapil 0
57 Mike Bliss 0
58 Hermie Sadler 0
59 Patrick Carpentier 0
60 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
61 David Starr 0
62 Johnny Sauter 0
63 Scott Wimmer 0
64 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
65 Dennis Setzer 0
66 Joe Nemechek 0
67 Todd Bodine 0
68 Scott Riggs 0
69 Kevin Conway 0
70 Derrike Cope 0

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