DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kurt Busch wasn’t thrilled when NASCAR called Sunday’s race short because of rain. Part of that was because Busch blamed himself for not being out front when the race was stopped.
Although he led a race-high 36 laps, he was in third behind Aric Almirola and Brian Vickers when NASCAR called the cars to pit road. When a shower drenched the track, NASCAR called it a day and Busch never got another chance to race for the win.
He has 25 Sprint Cup Series wins, but none at Daytona International Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway.
“Fifteen years into it – I’ve won IROC races, won a (Budweiser) Shootout, won a qualifying race (at Daytona). I’ve won a Nationwide race here. But I haven’t broken through for a points-paying Cup win yet,” he said.
“I’ve got to go back to the videotape. I have to study more. When I’m the leader, I have to advance my game. I have to be better at blocking and strategically managing the race as the leader.”
He took no solace in his finishing position, although it was his best in a month.
“It’s disappointing to finish third after leading the most laps,” Busch said. “We thought we were in good position. But when you’re racing, knowing that there’s weather in the area, it’s best to be in that lead position. I didn’t do my job as the race leader. We didn’t quite have those couple of solid restarts at the end that we needed to be the leader when the race was called.”