Kurt Busch struggles with car, opens Chase by finishing 25th

Finishing 25th was not the way Kurt Busch wanted to start the Chase. Given a balky carburetor Sunday, he was lucky he finished at all, writes K. Lee Davis.

Updated: October 16, 2007, 6:23 PM ET
By K. Lee Davis | ESPN.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- Kurt Busch didn't want to finish 25th in the first race of the 2007 Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, not after fighting so hard to make the playoffs.


One of the hottest drivers in NASCAR since crew chief Pat Tryson joined the team 10 races ago, Busch fell from a tie for fourth place in the Chase all the way down to the 12th and final spot, 102 points behind co-leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

And although Busch wasn't ...

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