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NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville, VA

Kurt Busch Earns First Race Victory of the Season and Leads a Podium Sweep for Chevrolet

Chevrolet added another notch in the win column at Martinsville Speedway, bringing the all-time victory total to 53 wins in 104 races at the 0.526-mile track. Kurt Busch brought home the victory for the bowtie brand in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS. The win in the sixth race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule, breaks an 83 race winless streak for Busch and is his second career victory at Martinsville. Stewart-Haas Racing now has two drivers with victories this season. Busch joins his teammate Kevin Harvick as the sixth race winner in the NSCS this season.


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"I didn't know if we'd be able to do it,” said Kurt Busch following the race. “The No. 48 car is king here - him or the 24. The old theory is if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. We have a Hendrick chassis prepared by Stewart-Haas Racing. Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet… thanks to those guys. I've been on this journey for a while. Every time you come to Martinsville you draw a line through it; like 'there's no way I'll be able to challenge those Hendrick guys or challenge for a top-10'. This Stewart-Haas team gave me a team to do it. Now I know what I need to do on Saturdays: don't even practice. Just show up and race on Sunday that way I won't dial out the car! It's a dream come true to have Gene Haas call you and tell you that he wants you to drive and he wants to go for trophies and wins. It's an unbelievable feeling to deliver."

Busch gave special praise to his crew chief, Daniel Knost. “His pit calls were wonderful. The pit crew did an excellent job holding serve on pit road, and every time that I had a little handling issue, Daniel had a fix for it today, so great teamwork.”