Kurt Busch in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge claims a win for Team Penske at the Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday August 13, 2011. This was Busch’s first Nationwide Series start since Watkins race in August 2007. Busch was a last minute addition to the Penske line-up substituting for teammate Brad Keselowski, whose broken ankle has been acting up since his win last weekend. Decision paid off in a victory as Busch won his third NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 12 starts.
The 85 lap race was mostly a battle between the Busch brothers (Kurt’s win deprived his brother of some big bragging rights). Forced to pit with five laps to go because he was on a different fuel strategy, Kyle Busch had relinquished the lead to his brother, and Kurt, who started from pole, was able to hold on.
Kurt Busch has nothing but cheerful remarks to say about the race and his team, “I’m just really proud of the team and it was unbelievable to be able to run out in front with my little brother and Carl Edwards.” “I just have to thank this crew for allowing me to step in, they were starting to call me ‘Buschlowski’ because I was wearing Brad’s fire suit.”
The race ended on a green-white checkered flag and Busch had Jimmie Johnson, who finished second, right behind him on the restart.
Next weekend racing will start up again in Michigan for Pure Michigan 400. Stay tune for information leading up to the big race weekend.