Kurt Busch Dominates at Infineon, Sorenson wins wild one at Road America
For someone with no previous road course wins, Kurt Busch dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon on June 26 on his way to victory lane. Adding the road course victory to his resume, Busch now has 23 Sprint Cup victories and he’s tied with Ricky Rudd for 26th on the all time victory list.
“I always thought I could do it on a road course,” said Busch. “It’s just taken me a few years to finally pull it together on the Cup side. But I think in 2002 I might have even found a top-five finish here when I was with Roush Racing early on. I’ve always loved road racing. I’ve just struggled to put it together at the end of the race, whether it’s run-ins with other drivers or running out of fuel.”
But behind Busch’s dominating car was pure chaos. It all began when Joey Logano wrecked Robby Gordon and ended with Brian Vickers sending Tony Stewart’s car up onto the tire barrier in turn 11. In between those events, Juan Pablo Montoya was mad at Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne was mad at Montoya, Logano was mad at Robby Gordon and Denny Hamlin was mad at A.J. Allmendinger.
The events started with Stewart taking out Vickers, claiming he was block driving him.
“I’ve been complaining about the way guys have been racing all year,” said Stewart. “I like Brian, I’m not holding it against him at all. I don’t care if it was Ryan Newman, I would have dumped him too. If they want to block, that’s what is going to happen to them every time for the rest of my career.”
Vickers retaliated on Lap 87; as he entered the same Turn 11, Vickers plowed into the back of Stewart’s car so hard that he caused himself to spin out and forced Stewart’s car to spin backward up onto the tire barrier.
“You know he wrecked me, and I wrecked him back,” said Vickers, who denied that he was block driving Stewart at the time.
Carl Edwards maintained the point lead by 25 points over Kevin Harvick and 33 points over third place Jimmie Johnson. Kurt Busch is fourth in the standings and his little brother, Kyle, is fifth.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series saw its share of action and controversy this past weekend at Road America, with three green-white-checkered attempts, drivers running out of fuel and NASCAR relying on video to determine the race winner.
After all was said and done, Reed Sorenson, who had never raced at Road America before Saturday, took home the win.
The race was extended after three green-white-checkered attempts to end the race under green were made. Fuel was becoming a challenge for almost every team on the track. Justin Allgaier, who led the field to the final green-white-checkered restart, was in the lead when the final yellow was shown. All Allgaier had to do was drive his car back around to the start-finish line and take the checkered flag for his second win of the season, but he ran out of fuel and couldn’t maintain caution speed.
That led to a chase behind the pace car to the finish between Sorenson and Ron Fellows that caused NASCAR to do a video review to determine the winner.
“The caution comes out, you don’t keep racing, which is what the No. 7 (Fellows) car did,” said Sorenson. “I don’t know what he was doing. When the caution comes out, the field is frozen. He was still gassing like he was racing.”
After finally being announced the race winner and celebrating in Victory Lane, Sorenson went behind the awards stage and collapsed. Crew chief Trent Owens said Sorenson was battling a stomach bug earlier and was dehydrated, but would be fine after some cold water and a shower.
“Every time I win a race, I get sick,” said Sorenson. “I don’t know if it’s my nerves or what. But I’ll do that every race, if I have to. I don’t have a problem with it. I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Sorenson took over the point by five over second place Elliot Sadler. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who entered the day with the point lead, fell to third, seven points behind the leader with Allgaier and Jason Leffler rounding out the top five.