NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kurt Busch keeps it going

Kurt Busch continued his strong summer run, finishing sixth on Saturday – his seventh consecutive result of 11th or better.

Busch remains 12th in the series standings and maintains a 158-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the final spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

Busch had won two of the past three races entering the weekend. “We’ll take it,” Busch said.

“Our Dodge was tight in the beginning and a little loose in the middle, and then we got tight there at the end.”

Busch’s Penske Racing teammate, Ryan Newman, finished seventh, though he struggled with his car most of the night and got into a battle for position late in the race with Earnhardt Jr. Newman remains 14th in the standings, 17 points behind Earnhardt Jr.