Video: Kurt Busch wins with Passion & Heart

Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. ( Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)

Kurt Busch drove his orange #1 car to victory lane in Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide race. Despite damage early in the race, Busch won the Subway Jalapeno 250 to record his first win for Phoenix Racing. Busch had won a race for his brothers Nationwide program, Kyle Busch Motorsports, earlier this year.

Once he exited the car Busch exclaimed “We just won Daytona” the excitement was not loss as the driver let everyone know “It’s just passion and heart, that’s all I can give.”

Since being suspended for the weekend at Pocono, Busch has been on a role at all levels of NASCAR. It started with the driver wheeling a battered #1 car to third place in the Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma,  and was followed by a second place finish in the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky.

Busch will drive the #1 Sprint Cup Series car for Phoenix Racing during tonight’s Coke Zero 400. The car is also without sponsorship but maybe without heart and passion.

Other notables

Johanna Long recorded her best finish, a 12th place run in the ML Motorsports #70. Eric McClure in his first restrictorplate race since his crash at Talladega finished a season best 18th in the #14 Hefty Toyota.