March 29th, 2015
Kurt Busch battled his boss and brother in the closing laps of the Auto Club 400 from the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. He didn’t come out on top, but captured his first top-5 finish with his new team, Stewart-Haas Racing. After the race Busch reflected on his race while talking to the media.
“We put ourselves in good position at the end of the race. This race has two mindsets. One is to race 400 miles and not abuse your tires. The other mindset is it’s most likely going to come down to a green‑white‑checkered or a short run at the end with fresh tires.
We ran sixth to tenth most of the day. We might have been able to finish fifth. I think we were running fifth when Bowyer spun. To be up front and be in position with the Haas Automation Chevy is what we needed. We needed that after this season started as good in season reasons with leading laps and running up front, but it’s been horrible with our finishes. So it was nice to race the boss, Tony Stewart, today for the win. You’re excited in one moment. The second moment when it sets in, it’s like, wait a minute, neither the 14 nor the 41 won the race today. The strategy call was two tires. Me and Daniel Knost, my crew chief, we both agreed that was the right call. We beat everybody off pit road by a large margin, and it was because everybody’s stop was slow and maybe we should have put four on? It’s something you look back on because you didn’t win.
Congratulations to Kyle, my brother. They won the race today with four fresh tires, and it was a nice battle up front. I didn’t get a perfect restart, but it wasn’t a horrible restart. It’s just that everybody starts pushing and shoving, and I didn’t get down into Turn 1 leading. I got down into Turn 1 side by side with Tony and the two of us raced for the next three miles side by side. If I could have gotten clear, gotten up front, maybe we could have brought the Haas Automation Chevy to victory lane, but we’ll take a top 5 any day.”