Kurt Busch reflects on improbable Daytona 500 victory
Kurt Busch has had his highs and lows, but almost nothing matches winning the Daytona 500. He accomplished it by trusting his instincts and maintaining the faith his sponsors kept in him.
Rundown: Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott lead youth charge at Daytona
Sunday's Daytona 500 nearly had a very different ending. The youth movement was strong, with Ryan Blaney finishing second and Chase Elliott having a late lead. Bob Pockrass sums up the weekend.
Busch 'felt like a kid winning a go-kart race'
Kurt Busch sits down with Marty Smith after winning the Daytona 500 to discuss what it felt like to cross the checkered flag, how much he's grown off the track over the last few years and what his wife Ashley has meant to him.
Monster Energy doesn't have a problem with Hendrick Motorpsorts taking steps to avoid using the Monster logo when its cars or drivers are not in the garage. Hendrick sponsor Mountain Dew and Monster's Mutant are competitors. Monster Energy VP Mitch Covington: "They've got a good sponsor they need to take care of. We don't have any problem with Mr. Hendrick or his team or his drivers. We think they're great."
The car of Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch remains at Daytona International Speedway as part of track tours. According to past entry blanks, the track pays the team $100,000 to keep the car for a year.
Laurie Hernandez had fun at the Daytona 500
Because where hasn't gymnast Laurie Hernandez been lately, the gold medalist and her brother attended the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Kurt Busch explains how the way he won the Daytona 500 was a metaphor on how he should approach life:
The morning after winning the biggest race of his career, Kurt Busch describes the source of the emotions of winning the Daytona 500.
Stewart's 1st Daytona 500 win comes as owner
Tony Stewart crossed the Daytona International Speedway finish line as a winner 19 times in his storied career -- but never after the Daytona 500. Now, his first win comes as a car owner.
Daytona finish gives NASCAR, Kurt Busch a happy ending
NASCAR's new race format may need some tweaking and drivers in the Daytona 500 could stand to do less wrecking, but a great final 50 laps and a victory for Kurt Busch saved the day.
NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell said the sanctioning body was pleased with its first NASCAR Cup race with its new segment format. O'Donnell: "I thought the race had a flow. The stages played out exactly how they wanted them to. In the past you may have asked me questions of , ‘Were you concerned the drivers got in a line all day long." You didn't see that. You saw two- (and) three-wide all day long. You saw drivers, when a stage came close to ending, pull out and try to win that stage. That's exactly what we wanted. Obviously we never want to see wrecks. But that's part of the sport, that's part of Daytona and that's part of the thrill of winning here if you can make it through."
Monster claims race win in title sponsor debut
Monster's sports marketing VP called it "beyond crazy" that a company-sponsored driver -- Kurt Busch -- won in Monster's first race as title sponsor of NASCAR's top series.
Busch had 'caution to the wind' approach at Daytona.
Kurt Busch explains how the unpredictability of restrictor plate racing at Daytona makes having a strategy less important.
Stewart says Busch waited for the right moment.
Kurt Busch's car owner Tony Stewart says Busch drove the most patient he's ever seen him race and that was the key to him winning the Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch hopping on SportsCenter after winning the Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch addressing the media after winning the Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch avoids wrecks to win first career Daytona 500.
After many of the big names crashed out earlier in the race, Kurt Busch pulled away on the final lap to take the checkered flag and win his first career Daytona 500.
Rob Gronkowski in Daytona's victory lane because, well, why not?
Kyle Larson was leading the Daytona 500 going into the final lap but ran out of fuel and finished 12th in a race won by Kurt Busch. Larson: "A bummer, but, honestly, it's cool to have a shot to win the biggest race of our season. … We just didn't have enough fuel at the end. I knew we'd be close. I knew we were right on our window. So when we got single-file on top, I was running around three-quarter to half-throttle as much as I could save and just ran up short."
Gronk celebrating another championship.
Happy place. #Daytona500
And this is the car that won!
After Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500, I almost got run over by his No. 41 Ford Fusion.
Gronk photobombs Kurt Busch's Daytona 500 victory photo.
Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500. Here's a close up look at his No. 41 Ford Fusion.
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