By David Morgan, Associate Editor
TALLADEGA, Ala. – After putting himself in a position to win Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Kurt Busch had good reason to be hard on himself when his path to victory didn’t come to fruition and he was left with a sixth-place finish when the checkered flag flew.
“I feel like we had a great day with our Monster Energy Chevy. I just didn’t deliver the win,” said Busch. “I felt like I had it in my hands and let it drop. I didn’t make the right move at the end to bring our Monster Energy Chevy a victory. It’s tough. I felt like I just dropped it. I just feel like I did not execute what I needed to do to win the race.”
Starting the day in 14th, Busch followed the Chevrolet game plan to perfection, running in the lead draft for the majority of the race and finishing stage two in sixth place before setting himself up for a shot at the win in the closing laps.
With both Busch brothers in the high lane on the final restart, it looked as if the two drivers were going to hook up to try and take over the lead, but Kurt had other plans, ducking into the low lane with the other Chevrolet drivers instead.
He had a promising run, but a block by Joey Logano slowed his momentum and ultimately his chance to surge to the front. The elder Busch would settle into sixth-place to try and make a second run at it, but the caution flag flew on the final lap, freezing the field and cementing his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
“All in all, it was a great day for Chevrolet,” Busch said. “The teamwork from everybody. Chase Elliott deserves the win. He did everything you would need a teammate from a brand to do and he put himself in position at the end. I just didn’t know what lane I needed to pick going into Turn 3. I got swallowed up in the draft.”
Leaving Talladega, Busch sits eighth in points heading to Dover, where he and the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team will look to continue their early season momentum and score their first win of the year.