Nobody expected Kurt Busch to be one of the serious contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Well, Busch has put his name into contention for a second Cup title, by holding off fellow Chase favorites Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. The Chase is tightened and no driver has taken control as a clear-cut favorite.
With only seven races left, 15 points separate the top eight drivers.
Edwards and Kevin Harvick share the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings heading into next week’s race at Kansas Speedway. Harvick is seeded first due to a tiebreaker.
Busch, the 2004 champion, won for the 24th time and it was his first win at Dover.
Busch’s #22 Dodge got stronger and stronger through the 400-mile race, and he edged-out his long-time rival, Johnson on the final restart to take the checkered flag for the second time this season.
The win pushed Busch from ninth to fourth place in the points standings with 2,113, only nine points off the lead.
Info courtesy of NASCAR news