Rowdy wins impressively after two spins in Bud Shootout
|One of Kyle Busch's miraculous saves|
Busch's first incident happened at lap 47, when his #13 M&M's Camry got tapped by the #48 of Jimmie Johnson. Busch was able to regain control of the car and the race remained under green. "I wasn't clear of Jimmie. I was trying to get back down the racetrack and clipped him a little bit." Busch said.
The second incident happened at lap 74, this time as a result of contact from Jeff Gordon in turn four. Busch recapped the experience. "with Jeff Gordon behind me, I got him pushing on me through one and two making me really loose. I'm glad the straightaway came when it did because otherwise I was going to spin out. He got back on me a few more times on the straightaway moving me around, I think trying to move me out of the way. Getting into three, hit me again, hit me on the left rear corner, spun me out. I don't know what the deal was there." Busch said.
"The first time might have been luck; I’m going to say the second time was all skill," Busch joked. "It was interesting from my seat. I was steering, stabbing, braking, gassing, everything in between, trying to keep the thing straight, get it back under control." Busch restarted in ninth place as the field returned to racing for a green-white-checkered finish. He quickly moved to the front of the field in tandem with Stewart and on the final lap found himself directly behind leader Stewart as they entered Turn 4. As they exited that turn, Busch pulled to the high side and inched ahead of Stewart just before the finish line to win.
"This win certainly ranks up there," Busch said. "Being knocked around and beat around, almost spun out a couple times, being able to prevail through all that and still come through. Obviously, there were 10 cars left at the end of the race; we didn’t have much to pass. It’s not like the 500 where there still might be 22 of them or something."
"It was certainly cool because I was trying to push (Ryan) Newman and hook up with him. Then he was hooked up with whoever was in front of him. I’m like, ‘All right, fine.’ The hole opened up behind Stewart. I ducked in behind there knowing he had a fast car and pushed him. We got up through there. He made the way to the outside and everything. Coming to the line, I’ve been in that situation reverse before with Tony, and it hasn’t ended up so well. This time it turned out all right. We made it past him and beat him to the line, so it was cool."
It was another display of the talent behind the wheel of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry. Whether Rowdy can stay under control with his emotions may determine if he's holding the Sprint Cup in Homestead this November.
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