Newman on the inside with Busch on the outside during race action.  (Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Atlanta


As the excitement builds in anticipation of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kurt Busch made some bold moves in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet SS to rally from a 32nd place starting spot to fourth place overall in the Sept. 2 Advocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It marked his seventh top five and 12th top-10 finish of the season, to date. Busch moved up two positions in the point standings and now ranks 10th overall. 

Kurt Busch (left) and Jeff Burton have a conversation.  (photo courtesy Chevrolet)

Asked about his big move to pass what seemed to be half the field, Busch said, “The inside lane was definitely the preferred lane on restarts and I didn’t realize how bad the outside was until I got to try it on the outside of Kyle (Busch). And I could not get any power down up there. And on the inside, it’s like you’ve got all the power you can just put it to the floor and go. And inside versus outside was a tremendous difference. The seas parted for me and we went from 11th to second and we were able to hold on to fourth. We weren’t a top-five car tonight, but our restarts, that one was great and the other ones were sub-par. So, it was just a battle, just a battle all night. The car was not a great car. We missed it, but we’ll take it.”