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"Playing it smart" gives Kurt Busch second consecutive top-five

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Mar 3, 2019 8:15 PM 2+ week ago

Busch used an excellent pit strategy to get track position at the start of Stage 3 of Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was able to turn that into his second consecutive top-five finish.

Through three races this season, Busch now has the top two finishes from Chip Ganassi Racing - his third last week at Atlanta and fifth this week. He is eighth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Teammate Kyle Larson is sixth in the series standings but has finished seventh, 12th and 12th in the first three races.

"I'm really happy with two top fives to start the year. We are playing it smart," Busch said after the race. "We haven't had any penalties and we will just keep chipping away at it.

At the conclusion of the second stage, Busch's crew chief, Matt McCall, elected to have Busch stay on the track since he made a late green-flag stop earlier in the stage.

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