| DAYTONA BEACH, Florida
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida Kurt Busch survived a demolition Daytona 500 on Sunday and very like he has all through a controversial 18-year NASCAR profession got here away a winner, albeit with a number of bumps, scrapes and dents.
Over practically twenty years of driving for a few of NASCAR’s high groups the unstable 38-year-old has had practically as many run-ins on the monitor as away from the speedway.
Simply 25 automobiles have been nonetheless working on the finish of Sunday’s race and solely 5 reached the end line with out some injury.
Even Busch didn’t escape unscathed.
“Our automotive was broken on all sides,” stated Busch. “We went by means of all the pieces right this moment.”
Banned from competing within the 2015 Daytona 500 after his then girlfriend Patricia Driscoll made an allegation of home abuse, Busch lastly made it to Victory Lane, including the crowning achievement to a resume that has produced 29 victories and a driver’s championship in 2004.
Whereas Busch was by no means charged, NASCAR’s sanctioning physique required him to finish a rehabilitation program earlier than being reinstated.
Workforce co-owners Gene Haas, who additionally runs HaasF1 and Tony Stewart, often known as sizzling head in his driving days, stood by Busch and have been rewarded for his or her loyalty with a primary Daytona 500 win.
Requested if he was taking a danger Haas joked: “It’s nonetheless a bet. I do know he’d been by means of a little bit of transition with Penske. I wasn’t eager about factors racing, I used to be eager about profitable.”
Busch’s rise was a bumpy one.
In 2005 he was dropped from one in all NASCAR’s high outfits the Roush Workforce (now Roush Fenway) earlier than the penultimate race of the season after being charged with reckless driving.
Already signed to maneuver to a different high group Penske Racing in 2006, Roush administration stated that they might not be apologists for the unstable driver.
Busch’s stint with Penske additionally led to controversy in 2011 after the abrasive driver verbally abused a tv reporter which was caught on a video and posted on YouTube.
NASCAR fined him $50,000.
By 2012 Busch, the older brother of 2015 sequence champion Kyle Busch, had developed a well-earned status as driver who introduced appreciable ability together with loads of baggage to the job and shortly discovered himself driving for second second-tier groups till Stewart-Haas Racing got here calling.
Sunday’s third-place finisher, A.J. Allmendinger, Busch’s former teammate at Penske who himself had points at one time stated: “He is a hell of a racecar driver.
“He is had ups and downs. It is simply cool to see anyone like that, that places all the hassle into it.”
(Modifying by Steve Keating)