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Kurt Busch held on to win the race Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. He managed to get by Jimmie Johnson, who has collected an impressive eight wins in Martinsville. This was Busch’s first win in 83 races.
For Busch, the win was an emotional victory because it has been so long since he has made it to Victory Lane. Busch had also undergone a significant change, as he recently switched racing teams. This was just his sixth race with Stewart-Haas Racing.
According to the Associated Press, Busch said, “I’ve been on this journey for a while and every time you come to Martinsville, you just kind of draw a line through it like there’s no way I’ll be able to challenge those Hendrick guys or be up in the top 10.”
The race did not start out well for Busch. According to USA Today, early on he had a scuffle with Brad Keselowski, which left his car damaged. He then got on his radio and said that he was done, but that assessment turned out to be incorrect.