Crew chief rips into his driver and it infuriates him -- and it pays off


Kurt Busch had his best finish since winning The Daytona 500 earlier this season and he has his crew chief to thank for it.

After crew chief Tony Gibson chastised him for his position after qualifying at Kansas Motor Speedway, Busch used it as motivation, which helped propel him to a second place finish at the Hollywood Casino 400.

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"Tony Gibson deserves this second-place finish. He got on me pretty hard Saturday morning after qualifying. He said, 'You know, we got a brake problem,' " said Busch according to "I said, ''What do you mean?' He goes, 'You didn't use the brake, that's why we didn't run good in (turns) 2 and 3.'


"I'm like, 'Man, I never use brake in qualifying.' So, he actually really pissed me off, I spent the whole race pretty agitated," said Busch. "At the end, I made sure I used brake and brought it home in second."

With 25 laps to go, the No. 41 car was lined up in the second position, but Martin Truex Jr. made sure second would be as close as Busch would get. After being eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, the second place finish was exactly what Busch needed.

Maybe the team can build on this heading into next season. If not Gibson can always add more fuel to the fire and help Busch with a little push in the right direction.