Event: Coca-Cola 600 (Round 12 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into four stages (100 laps/100 laps/100 laps/100 laps)
Start/Finish: 12th/6th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 14th (290 points, 201 out of first)
Race Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):
- Kurt Busch started 12th, finished ninth.
- Battled a tight-handling condition on corner exit.
- With his ninth-place finish in Stage 1, Busch earned two bonus points.
- Visited pit road at the end of Stage 1 to take four tires, fuel and air pressure and wedge adjustments.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):
- Started 10th, finished fifth.
- As the sun began to set, Busch struggled with a loose-handling condition.
- Was running seventh when inclement weather forced NASCAR to red flag the race.
- Pitted when the race restarted for four tires, fuel and air pressure and wedge adjustments.
- With his fifth-place finish in Stage 2, Busch earned five bonus points.
- Visited pit road at the end of Stage 2 to take four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201-300):
- Started seventh, finished sixth.
- Battled a loose-handling condition on entry and was tight off the corners for much of the stage.
- Visited pit road on lap 294 to take four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.
- With his sixth-place finish in Stage 3, Busch earned four bonus points.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 301-400):
- Started sixth, finished sixth.
- Struggled with a tight-handling condition on the short run and a loose-handling condition on the long run.
- Was credited with leading a lap during a cycle of green-flag pit stops on lap 368.
- Finished sixth to earn his sixth top-10 finish of the 2017 season.
- Busch’s sixth-place finish was his fourth top-10 in his last six races and his 12th top-10 in 34 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte.
- Busch led once for one lap.
- Busch earned points in each stage of the race, marking the first time this season he has done so.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“We did well. We battled and battled and had fun throughout. The balance of our car was too tight to start and too loose on the long run. We saw a little bit of that in the All-Star Race, so we tried to compensate. The track came to us with the rain delay. I thought we were a stronger car in the later half of the race. The short-run speed we were tight, the long-run speed we were loose, but we tried and tried and tried. Thanks to Haas Automation, Monster Energy and Ford. I’ve got a great group of guys. Tonight was a good run. We finished sixth, but some guys stayed out on fuel, and we really gave it our heart tonight.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday, June 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The race starts at 1 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1.