In the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this past Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch almost pulled off the ultimate upset victory in the exhibition race dominated by champions and Sprint Cup superstars. Kurt Busch has had a very strong year so far in his Furniture Row Racing ride, coming very close to taking a trip to victory lane.
Busch only crossed the finish line in fifth place when the checkered flag flew on Saturday night, but he was one of the strongest cars in the field all night. The older Busch brother won the first and last 20-lap segments to have the best average finish heading into the last mandatory pit stop.
On the last stop, Busch lost position as his pit stop took much longer than that of race winner Jimmie Johnson. In those final 10 laps of the race, nobody could compete with Johnson as he ran from the field with them battling behind him.
This was his third top-five finish in a race this year, as he finished at fourth at Bristol then fifth at Fontana. Busch also won a pole at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 but fell back over the course of the race and finished in 14th.
To have been running like he has with his low-budget race team has been extremely impressive. The way he has been running, he is also on the way to a win sooner rather than later. If he can get a win or two, he could easily grab a wildcard spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year.