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Posted by Talon64 on June 29, 2011
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Kurt Busch won his 1st race of 2011 and the 23rd of his career, tying him with Ricky Rudd for 26th all time and 14th in the modern era; since 2001 he's 4th in wins behind only Jimmie Johnson (54), Jeff Gordon (32) and Tony Stewart (30).
His 10th consecutive season with a win ties him with Jimmie Johnson for 2nd longest among active drivers; Tony Stewart is tops with 12 in a row but has yet to win in 2011.
Kurt gets his first career road course win in 21 attempts, 11 at Infineon. He's the 50th driver all time to win on a road course. This was his first top 10 in the last 5 races there, but his 4th top 5 overall.
Jeff Gordon's 60th career runner-up finish ties him with Mark Martin for 5th all time; it's his 144th top 2 finish in 633 career starts, meaning Jeff finishes 1st or 2nd every 4.4 races. He has 3 top 5's in the last 4 races overall (6.0 avg fin), moving him up from 13th to 9th in points.
Jeff extended his record for top 5's at Infineon to 12 and top 10's to 15, while his average finish (8.7) is 2nd only to Dale Earnhardt (8.6). It's his 6th consecutive top 10 at Infineon.
Carl Edwards picked up his series-leading 9th top 5 and 12th top 10 of the season. 3rd is his best finish and 1st top 5 in 7 Infineon starts (3 top 10's, 16.6 average finish), and ties his best finish on the road courses in Cup (3rd at Watkins Glen in 2009).
Clint Bowyer tied his best career road course finish with his third 4th place finish in 6 Infineon starts. It's just his 3rd top 5 of the season and first in 8 races.
Marcos Ambrose picked up his 3rd top 5 in 16 races this season; he only has 2 top 5's in all of 2010. It's his 3rd straight top 10 at Infineon, including 2 top 5's.
Joey Logano won his 2nd career Cup pole, making him the youngest to ever win a pole at a Cup road course race, and got his first top 10 at a road course in Cup in 5 attempts (21.4 avg fin).
Jimmie Johnson gets his 3rd straight top 10 at Infineon after only having 2 in his first 7 starts there (14.7 avg fin overall).
Martin Truex Jr. gets his 2nd top 10 in his first 3 races with Chad Johnston as his crew chief. It's his first top 10 in 6 Infineon starts (21.7 avg fin) and his 3rd in 11 road course starts overall.
Kevin Harvick gets his 4th top 10 in the last 6 races, going from 5th to 2nd in points in that span. It's the first time he's had back-to-back top 10's at Infineon, getting just his 4th top 10 in 11 starts there (16.1 avg fin). But it's his 9th top 10 in 21 road course starts overall.
After only having 2 top 10's all of last season, Brad Keselowski picks up his 3rd of 2011, all coming in the last 7 races (13.4 avg fin). It's his first top 10 in 3 Cup road course starts (scored most points on road courses in Nationwide last season).
David Gilliland has 3 top 15 finishes this season (1 top 5, 2 top 10's) but all have come on the "atypical" tracks like plate tracks and road courses. His average finish in the rest of the races is 30.4.
Regan Smith hadn't finished better than 30th in his first 4 career road course starts before finishing 16th in this race.
JPM finishes outside of the top 10 at Infineon for the first time in 4 starts, but deservedly so.
Tony Stewart fails to finish a road course race for the first time in 25 starts; prior to that he had a 7.3 average finish in 24 starts, now it's up to 8.6 (from 9.2 to 11.5 at Infineon).
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