This Sunday?s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at California?s Infineon Raceway was a road race that acted like a Saturday night short track race.
By the time the race was over the garage area looked more like Martinsville than Sonoma.
Throughout the race there was a lot of pushing and shoving and just flat out intentional wrecking going on. The boys were having at it!
Tony Stewart dumped Brian Vickers, who dumped Stewart back.
Juan Pablo Montoya ran into Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski with Keselowski getting Montoya back.
Joey Logano knocked Robby Gordon off course in a payback.
Denny Hamlin fell victim to A.J. Allmendinger, claiming after the race that he ?. . .had a winning car and then Boom. We get Dinger'd."
By the end of the race it seemed like the only car that didn?t have any battle damage was the 22 of Kurt Busch. The secret to keeping his car in such great shape was to get out front and stay there.
Nobody hit him because nobody could catch him!
It?s no secret that there have been times that Busch was, shall we say, unhappy about the performance of his car and his team. His open rants over the team radio during some of the earlier races this year made that very clear.
But those rants have resulted in meetings and those meetings have resulted in changes to the program and those changes resulted in a dominating performance on Sunday.
Busch led 74 of the race?s 110 laps and crew chief Steve Addington?s two pit stop strategy worked to perfection. Even as other teams made pit stops early, Addington held to the plan. They made their second and final stop with 38 laps to go in the race and never looked back from there.
The win is Busch?s first on a road course, first in 2011, and the 23rd of his career.
Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.
Edwards' second place finish extended his point lead to 25 over Harvick.
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