There was a Busch atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup podium at Atlanta, Georgia, last Sunday, just as there had been at Las Vegas the week before
But this time it was the older Busch, Kurt, in his Team Penske Dodge, where at Vegas it had been Kyle on the top rung.
Kurt started the Kobalt Tools 500 from the front row, was dominant much of the day, leading all but 95 laps, but had to take the win by passing Carl Edwards (pictured) with a lap to go.
During the race, he survived two brushes with the wall but quickly re-established control of the event and looked set for a comfortable finish when Robbie Gordon triggered a full course yellow with three laps to run.
Edwards’ crew got him into the lead by putting on only two tyres when cars pitted during the caution period, but after the restart Busch caught and passed him on the back straight, then held off a late charge by series leader and Chevrolet racer, Jeff Gordon, to take the win.
Busch said Penske is finally getting a handle on the Car of Tomorrow (COT) chassis after battling it for two years. "We waited over a year and a half for this COT to have a good package."
Gordon’s second place has boosted his series lead to 43 points over Clint Bowyer. Kurt Busch is third, 46 points behind Gordon who said: "we'll keep knocking on the door until we get into victory lane.”
Kobalt Tools 500, Atlanta, Georgia.
1. Kurt Busch, Dodge, 330 laps. 2. Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 330 laps.
3. Carl Edwards, Ford, 330 laps. 4. Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 330 laps. 5. Brian Vickers, Toyota, 330 laps. 6. Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 330 laps. 1.
Points standings: Jeff Gordon, 634; Clint Bowyer, 591; Kurt Busch, 588; Carl Edwards, 547; Matt Kenseth, 546; Tony Stewart, 521; Kyle Busch, 514; Kevin Harvick, 511; Kasey Kahne, 484; Greg Biffle, 480.