Kurt Busch Finishes 34th in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400
Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Kurt Busch started off Michigan racing weekend vying for a Penske win in Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (200 laps, 400 miles). Busch achieved 13th position for yesterdays start during qualifying session.
For the second consecutive week along the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour, Busch was not around at the finish due to a crash that resulted from a blown tire. This incident relegated Busch to a 34th-place finish. With three races remaining to determine this year’s 12 Chase competitors, Busch is now 77 points out of the lead.
Keselowski Qualifies 6th at Michigan International Speedway but Finishes 3rd
Penske Racing Brad Keselowski will start the Miller Lite Dodge from the sixth position after clocking in with a lap of 38.094 seconds.
Racing on his home track Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the driver from Rochester Hills, Mich., posted the third straight top-three finish in as many races, coming home third behind Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Keselowski is still dealing with some ankle pain from his accident on Aug 3. but despite that he was able to seal up his best performance ever in a Sprint Cup race. His performance in this weekends race moved him from 21st in points is the standings. He would qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup as a wild card due to his two victories
Three races to go for the team – Bristol, Richmond and Atlanta.
Penske Racing in Montreal
Jacques Villeneuve and the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger recorded the first fastest lap time during the qualifying session for the NAPA Auto Parts 200. Penske Racing teammate, Alex Tagliani and the No. 12 Hot Wheels Parts Dodge Challenger recorded the second fastest time by touring the road course in 101.935 seconds, or 95.673 miles per hour.
Unfortunately Jacques Villeneuve emerged as the biggest loser at the NASCAR Nationwide NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He had been thrilled to be on the track that held so much history for his family, unfortunately the racing goods were not on his side. However, for his teammate Tagliani, this course proved to be lucky. He was able to secure himself 2nd place in the Canadian circuit.