Dominating Performance by Busch
On Sunday, 26 June 2011, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continued with the hosting of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which took place at the Infineon Raceway. With twenty-three Cup victories behind his name, Kurt Busch showed his worth and determination by delivering a winning road course performance, and snatching the victory away from Jeff Gordon by just under four seconds. The race was driven over seventy-six laps and was a vital moment in the series for the Penske Racing Team, as well as for Busch.
Over the last month, there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes of the Penske Racing Team, struggling to find their feet and making changes to their personnel to try and overcome some of the problems they were facing. On Sunday, all their hard work paid off as Kurt Busch crossed the finish line. The race was not without its own troubles and unfortunate incidents, keeping spectators on the edges of their seats. One of the most notable accidents for the day was between Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart. A small nudge from Vickers sent Stewart heading straight for the tires, and as his spinning car came to an abrupt halt against the tires, he lost the entire rear of his car. This retaliation came from Stewart nudging Vickers earlier, as he felt Vickers was blocking, but his actions did cause a multi car pileup.
Many speculated that the conflict between Busch and his team, due to poor performances, might break the back of the Penske Racing Team. But it seems that the outburst only made the team more determined to get back on track, and over the last few weeks the improvements have been noticeable. After ten starts, Busch was still without a victory and facing a road course was a daunting task. However, Busch and his team were able to pull off a victory, leaving Jeff Gordon to be content with second place.
Third place was taken by Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer crossed the finish line in fourth position. Approximately ninety-three thousand fans turned up to watch this racing spectacular and they were not disappointed, as the race was filled with unfortunate incidents, driver feuds and unexpected victory. No one can argue that Sunday’s race was probably one of the most action packed races of the series so far.