The turnaround for Kurt Busch continued Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., with a dominating run at Infineon Raceway that led to his first career road course victory.
Busch led a race-high 75 laps and beat Jeff Gordon by almost 4 seconds for his first victory of the season. It’s a marked turn for Busch, who unraveled over his team radio at Richmond last month because of how poorly his Dodge had been running.
The rant led to behind-the-scenes changes at Penske Racing that have sparked both Busch and teammate Brad Keselowski, who won at Kansas earlier this month. Busch, despite three consecutive poles, was winless but inching closer and closer.
It finally came on a road course, of all places. Busch was winless in 10 career starts at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the only two road courses on the Sprint Cup circuit.
Gordon, who caused several accidents here last year, finished second and congratulated Busch in Victory Lane.
Carl Edwards, who decided Friday to skip Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Road America, finished third.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won his sixth race of the season at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, building on his already commanding Formula One series lead.
Vettel edged Fernando Alonso of Ferrari for his second straight victory along Valencia’s street circuit. It was the German’s fifth win this season starting in pole and came in stifling 115-degree weather.
Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was third after starting on the front row.
Vettel’s 16th career victory stretched his overall lead to 77 points.
Mike Neff raced to his third Funny Car victory of the season, beating Ron Capps in the final of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Neff had a 4.211-second run at 289.94 mph in his Ford Mustang.
Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Nobuhiro Tajima lowered his own record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, Colo., becoming the first driver to break 10 minutes in winning the race for a sixth straight time.
The 60-year-old Japanese covered the 12.42-mile course in 9 minutes, 51.28 seconds in the Unlimited Division, surpassing the record of 10:01.41 he set on July 21, 2007.