The rain came at the right time for Kurt Busch as he won the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
This was Busch's third victory at the 1.058 mile oval. He won both races at the speedway in 2004, on his way to claiming a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Busch acknowledged that some of his success was a result of luck, but that he had the pit strategy and, more importantly, the drive to win. At a post-race press conference, Busch commented, "When everybody pitted with 30 laps to go, I was told you're in the lead and there are 26 laps to go - that's the most motivation a driver can ever ask for. Where we are in points, we have our backs up against the wall. We gambled a little bit and it paid off."
That strategy paid off when the skies opened on lap 284, and NASCAR called the lap due to inclement weather and Busch was declared the winner.
Busch advanced four positions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series to 18th, putting him 222 points behind Kevin Harvick in 12th place.
Michael Waltrip finished second, and J.J. Yeley finished third. Rounding out the top-five were Martin Truex, Jr. and Elliott Sadler.