Shelbyville Daily Union

April 4, 2014

Kurt Busch holds off Johnson; wins at Martinsville Speedway

Goggles Paisano
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Six races down and six different winners as Kurt Busch kept that streak alive by holding off defending champ Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville Speedway last weekend.

Busch started the day with a run in Brad Keselowski on pit road as the two got together, ending Keselowski’s day for the most part finishing in 38th place. Keselowski would end up back on the track and retaliate against Busch by ramming into him a few times from behind, but Busch was able to overcome the damage and find himself in victory lane.

Jimmie Johnson looked to be clearing a spot for another Martinsville clock, leading over half of the 500 lap race. Johnson would take over the lead with 17 laps to go, but give it back to Busch with 10 left.

Johnson tried getting to the back bumper of Busch, but was unable and finished in second.

The win was the first for Busch in 83 races and his first with new team Stewart-Haas who became the first team to score two wins this year, as teammate Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix just a few races ago.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his strong start with a third place finish and has retaken over the point lead. Joey Logano was fourth, followed by Marcos Ambrose.

Power Down

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said, in an interview this week, that modifications to the engine are the next step in further enhancing the sport’s on-track product.

Most likely this will be a reduction in horsepower. France would not commit to this change being in place for next season, but it is coming.


The Final Four in Mens College Basketball and NASCAR roll into the Dallas area this weekend. A big weekend that may produce a seventh- straight different winner.

Both Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have yet to win this year. after leading the series in wins last year.

I like three-time winner Carl Edwards to win for the fourth time in Texas.

Johnson and him have both won three previous times. Others to watch: Greg Biffle has a contract ending this year and has done nothing…Texas is one of his best tracks. If he doesn’t turn it around here, he may just be riding around in circles. Tony Stewart also likes this track and a win could put three of his four cars into the Chase.