Kurt Busch completed his family’s weekend sweep of the two races at Michigan International Speedway with a victory in Sunday’s rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400, one day after Kyle won the track’s X-FINITY Series race.
Kurt Busch had his Number-41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in front of the field when the race’s fourth red flag was displayed for rain that persisted throughout the afternoon over Michigan’s Irish Hills. It’s Busch’s twenty-seventh career win, second this season and third at M-I-S – for three different car owners: Jack Roush in 2003, Roger Penske in 2007 and now Gene Haas in 2015.
Dale Earnhardt Junior finished second and Martin Truex Junior third, giving Chevrolet a sweep of the top three spots for the third race in a row and six of the last seven. Matt Kenseth (Toyota) and Joey Logano (Ford) completed the top five. Pole sitter Kasey Kahne led only the second lap of the race and finished fifteenth.
Busch took the lead on Lap-133 when Kyle Larson was forced to pit after stretching his fuel as far as he could. Five laps later, the skies opened up and NASCAR subsequently called the race sixty-two laps short of its scheduled distance. With his third-place finish, Truex became the first Cup Series driver to open the season with fourteen top-ten finishes in the first fifteen races since Hall of Famer Richard Petty in 1969, eleven years before Truex was born.