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Kurt Busch was the defending winner of the Sonoma race and nearly backed up that win with his No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.
He ran in the lead pack most of the race and gave Clint Bowyer several bumps just to let him know he was behind him. Early in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Busch moved the No. 22, his former ride, out of the way.
Colin Braun practiced with the No. 54 Toyota for the Nationwide Race at Road America. Busch flew 2,000 miles to race the car for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
He had never raced at Road America and only made the qualifying laps to discover a transmission problem that required it to be swapped out.
Starting last, Busch drove the No. 54 to a top-five position, but the race ended with him in eighth position after another car made contact with the front of his car.
It was a busy weekend for the driver who has faced some tough situations of his own making, but he was cordial after the Nationwide race and a bit emotional when he addressed the media at Sonoma.
Perhaps we are seeing the competitive racer, one that entertains us with his ability as a wheelman, turn a corner with his behavior.
He raced Bowyer clean at Sonoma and drove a stellar race with lesser equipment than those who finished around him.