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The Hot Pass: Busch simply unbeatable in Atlanta
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The Hot Pass: Busch simply unbeatable in Atlanta

Published Mar. 9, 2009 11:08 a.m. ET

Kurt Busch used the high line to enjoy the high life with the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge on Sunday.

But not before he took a victory lap in reverse — a move Busch said he and his buddies concocted over too much of his sponsor's product. The former Sprint Cup champion then spun his car around at the start-finish line and drove to a well-deserved celebration in Victory Lane.

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"This car was unbelievable," Busch said. "Good things come to those that wait. We waited over a year and a half with the (Car of Tomorrow) to find a good package and we've had that to start 2009.

"We had great calls by (crew chief) Pat Tryson and the rest of the engineering. Penske power is back and it feels awesome."

Busch dominated the Kobalt Tools 500 by leading 234 laps to score his second career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A bizarre scene unfolded on Lap 67 after a tire from Marcos Ambrose's car rolled from the pits and past pit road to the infield. Ambrose's gasman Jimmy Watts ran halfway between the pits and the racing lanes under green-flag conditions to retrieve the tire, which forced NASCAR to call a caution for "crew-member safety."

"Maybe he's new," Matt Kenseth said." Maybe he hasn't seen us drive, but we tend to wreck a lot. I wouldn't want to be out in the middle of the grass."

While Watts was ejected from the track, there were only 14 cars left on the lead lap when the race restarted on Lap 74; 14 cars that pitted were scored a lap down.


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