TALLADEGA, Ala. —
“We made our bet and we said we were going to stick to our guns and try to not get into a wreck, and we did that,” Hamlin said. “Our goal is just to not get a 20th or 30th place. That kills you.”
KURT-AIN CALL: Kurt Busch’s run with Phoenix Racing ended with a parched gas tank, a spin into the wall and NASCAR orders that went either unheard, or unheeded.
NASCAR parked Busch at Talladega Superspeedway after he ran out of gas while leading on the 98th lap. As the safety crew tried to talk to the driver while he sat inside the No. 51 Chevrolet, Busch pulled away with an equipment bag on top of his car. The bag tumbled on the asphalt as NASCAR officials tried to get Busch to stop.
It’s been that kind of year.
“I was hoping to get it back to the garage to work on it and get back in this race,” said Busch, surrounded by cameras and microphones. “NASCAR’s yelling at me to stop, I didn’t have my helmet on. Now, I’m in worse trouble. This is the story of my life.
“Leading the race, runs out of gas, tries to get back in the race with that competitive desire, gets yelled at by NASCAR and now I have a storm of media around me. I don’t even know what to say or do next. I thanked the guys for a good year. That’s just the way it turned out. I’m sorry that it did.”
Busch is moving to Furniture Row Racing, the team that signed him for 2013, next week to finish out the year in the No. 78 Chevrolet. It’s another new start for Busch, joining his third team in three years.