Kurt Busch Wins at Michigan to End a Successful Day for Team Chevy
It was a banner day for Chevrolet. It began with Cole Custer winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the wee hours of the morning at Gateway (Ill) Motorsports Park. Corvette Racing ended a 24 hour campaign to reign victorious in the prestigious 24 Hour of Le Mans for the eighth time since its’ 2000 debut run. At New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, John Force drove his Chevrolet Funny Car to his second win of the season, and Greg Anderson took his Chevrolet Pro Stock Camaro to Victory Lane. At the Streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, Josef Newgarden powered Chevrolet to their eighth Verizon IndyCar Series win of the season.
Kurt Busch capped the day for Chevrolet by winning the rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Behind the wheel of his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevy SS, Busch captured his third win at MIS and 27th Cup Series career win in 519 starts. This is the Las Vegas native’s first multi-win season since 2011.
Additionally, Busch’s win also rewarded Chevrolet with the Michigan Heritage Trophy for the third consecutive time at MIS. The trophy was specifically designed by MIS in 2013 as an ode to the spirit of the automobile and its importance to the race track.
“It’s been an outstanding day”, said Pat Suhy, Manager of NASCAR Competition for Chevrolet Racing. “I’m very proud to say that Chevrolet gets to hang on to the Heritage Trophy for another few months at least. It’s been displayed prominently in our offices for the last year, and now we get to keep it until at least August. I’m planning on keeping it beyond that, as well. Roger Curtis and the guys at Michigan, and the folks at Michigan International Speedway, did a great thing in putting this together. I think it’s nice to recognize the manufacturers when we do something special in our backyard here, and it’s a great way to cap off an awesome weekend of racing for us.”
Team Chevy finished 1-2-3 in the Quicken Loans 400. Two-time MIS winner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy Chevrolet SS took second place, which was his 13th top 10 finish in 32 races at the 2-mile track. Last week’s winner at Pocono, Martin Truex, Jr. earned a third-place finish in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS. He became the first racer to score 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races since Richard Petty accomplished the feat in 1969.
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, continued his run of consistency at MIS. His seventh place showing was his seventh top-10 finish of 2015. He remains seventh in points and still in contention to make the Chase via his point position. Paul Menard, No. 26 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS ended the day in the eighth spot to give Team Chevy five of the top 10 finishers overall.
Matt Kenseth (Toyota) was fourth and Joey Logano (Ford) was fifth to round out the top five finishers.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action in two weeks on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.