At the historic Martinsville Speedway yesterday, Kurt Busch ended an 83-race winless streak with a smashing win in the 2014 STP 500. It was quite interesting to see how Kurt Busch battled through the race and bested Jimmie Johnson who happens to be one of the most successful drivers in the recent times.
Kurt Busch’s start at Martinsville was not as confidence inspiring as he had expected. In the starting, Busch collided with Brad Keselowski’s Ford that cost the latter a hefty 31 laps. Johnson, who holds 8 Martinsville titles as of yet, was the leader for the race for nearly 296 laps and overtook Busch with 17 laps to go, hinting at yet another win at the track. But with just 10 laps remaining, Busch powered underneath Johnson off turn number two and was leading the remaining laps without much competition from the eight-time winner.
Since 2002, this was the first win for the driver at the Martinsville Speedway and also also his 25th career Cup-level victory. Kurt Busch is presently driving for Stewart-Haas Racing team and it was their sixth race together. With an important win coming in such a short span, it seems that Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing will enjoy fruitful years ahead.
Finishing in the third and fourth places in the race were Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano respectively, followed by Marcos Ambrose and Matt Kenseth. The entire 2014 season has come with a lot of surprises, with the Martinsville race featuring a record, 33 lead changes and a 6th different winner in a row.