BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch worked his magic again at Bristol Motor Speedway yesterday, winning his third straight NASCAR Nextel Cup race, and fourth in the last five tries on the half-mile oval.
Not even a mysterious engine problem and an error in judgment by the driver could keep Busch from winning the Food City 500 on his favorite track.
Busch angered crew chief Jimmy Fennig when he made a last-second decision to pass up a tire change with the other leaders under caution 119 laps from the end of the 500-lap race. That put him in the lead for the first time in the race and Busch somehow made his worn tires last, holding off frustrated Rusty Wallace to the end.
"Our engine had about 1,000 RPM less all day today and I just couldn't get the car to handle right," Busch said.
Kevin Harvick was third, followed by Sterling Marlin, defending Nextel Cup champion Matt Kenseth, Ken Schrader, and polesitter Ryan Newman.