Kurt Busch returned from his suspension in grand style to register a convincing victory during the Richmond race on Sunday. Busch sat out of the first three races of the season due to indefinite NASCAR suspension and ended his 35 race win-drought by winning the rain delayed race.
Coming back to the victory lane since he won at Richmond in 2013, Busch earned a chase berth.
In the victory lane, he sounded ecstatic.”It’s an incredible feeling, It’s a total team effort. The way everything came together it just seemed like we were building and building and building toward a great finish like this. Busch also added It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within, you go through troubles. When you’re accused of something and things go sideways, your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life and I’m here in victory lane.”
Busch was suspended 2 days by a Daleware county commissioner before the season opener Daytona 500, possibly due to abuse against his girlfriend in September 2014.
Because the Daleware attorney general’s office decided not to press criminal charges against him, he was reinstated ahead of the 4th race of the season at Phoenix.
Now, Busch desperately needed a win to make the chase.
He led for 291 of the race’s 400 laps after he sped to first position in the 94th lap for the first time. His biggest challenger was Jamie McMurray, who sneaked to the first position for a brief spell of 4 laps. But McMurray, who no longer could challenge the 2004 Spring Cup Series Champion after the final restart of the 27 laps, lost his momentum, finding himself under Kevin Harvick’s second place.