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Engine trouble derails Kurt Busch's day

March 02, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Engine trouble derails Kurt Busch's day
Blown engine sends Busch to 39th-place finish at Phoenix

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While it was happy times for Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway, for another new Stewart-Haas Racing driver it was a day of disappointment.

Kurt Busch saw his once promising day derailed by engine trouble.

The driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet was looking good and running in the top 10 of The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America, before engine trouble hit.

The trouble occurred in the latter half of the race and saw Busch drop from the top 10 to the middle of the pack. Busch also ran out of gas coming to pit road on Lap 242. Eventually, the engine blew on Lap 292, which ended Busch’s day.

Busch would ultimately finish in 39th. This comes after a 21st-place finish in the Daytona 500.

"I'm disappointed for my guys to have an engine go down. The car was pretty good and was top 10 worthy," Busch said through his Twitter account.

Busch currently has a winless streak of 80 races, with his last win coming in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover.

The 'Outlaw' wasn't the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver to have a disappointing day. Danica Patrick was involved in an accident with Justin Allgaier and Travis Kvapil that brought out the caution on Lap 170. Patrick later spun out bringing out another caution on Lap 186. She finished in 36th place.

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