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Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk about the tough luck each ran in to during Sunday's race.
Rachel catches up with Kyle Busch after he captured his first pole of the season.
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Team pleased with top-five finish at Phoenix RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kurt Busch finished fifth, might have finished higher with a different pit strategy, according to his crew chief, and is already 33rd in points following Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway . It was the first start of the season for Busch, 36, since NASCAR lifted its indefinite suspension of the Stewart-Haas Racing driver this past week. Busch drove his No. 41 Chevrolet as if he’d never been away. “When they give you a driver like that, you’re automatically a top-five team,” said crew chief Tony Gibson. Throughout the 312-lap Sprint Cup Series race, Busch rarely ran lower than 10th. At times, he seemed as fast as teammate and eventual race winner Kevin Harvick . Gibson’s call to pit during a late-race caution dropped his driver from stalking the race leader to playing catch-up. “We were a second-place car,” Gibson said. “That one’s on me right there. I guess looking back I should have stayed out. But I figured more guys would come and take two (tires) knowing that at least the top five would probably stay (out). “I’m proud of everybody on this team -- to go through what we’ve gone through and for Kurt to come back, first race back in the seat, he’s done a fantastic job.” Harvick and Busch ran 1-2 following the seventh caution (on lap 227) and stayed that way for much of the remainder of the race -- until fellow SHR driver Tony Stewart got into the wall at lap 288 to bring out another yellow. Gibson called Busch to pit road and restarted 10th, behind nine others who chose to stay out rather than pit. “There were a few times I was determined enough to overdrive it,” Busch said. “Had a chance at the lead at one point racing Kevin side-by-side. “But overall, as the race progressed, we got a little bit too loose … and I ran out of tools in the car to charge on that final restart. I was hoping to have a little bit better grip with the right-side tires. It just didn’t seem like we could grab the race track like we needed.” NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Regan Smith piloted the team’s car in Busch’s absence, finishing 16th, 17th and 16th in starts at Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas. As a result, the team is now ninth in owner points, which are separate from driver points. Gibson said he was appreciative of Smith’s assistance, noting “it was a huge learning curve for him.” “We just stay strong. … I called (Kurt) every day,” he said. “Even when he was suspended, we talked every day. He was in our (team) debriefs. He’s a part of our team and I kept (telling him) the whole time, ‘you’re our driver, you’re our guy, this is your team.’ That’s been our mentality since Day One.” Gene Haas, co-owner of SHR, said he believes Busch is “razor focused.” “He appreciates driving at this level is a privilege,” Haas said. “It certainly isn’t anything he has a right to, or any of us have a right to. It can go away. “It can go away just as fast as a car can go away in a race. He has a great appreciation for that.” For now, Busch said, points are of little concern. While he made a big step in climbing his way up the ladder at PIR, there are still plenty of races ahead for the 2004 series champion. “We'll see how the points play out,” he said. “But right now we're here to win some races. First step was to get our feet back underneath us, then we'll go for those wins.” MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
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Driver credits RCR alliance with early 2015 gains Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live FONTANA, Calif. -- It's not hard to get lost in the long roster of drivers when you're on a single-car team. But when a single-car team driver like AJ Allmendinger is racing up front with NASCAR champions, he's on everyone's radar. The California native comes to Auto Club Speedway for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) sitting in the top five in driver standings with two top-10s already under his belt and looking to score another this weekend. But the No. 47 team isn't paving the way to single-car success on its own. Martin Truex Jr . and Casey Mears join Allmendinger's company. Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, sits third in the driver standings and has started his 2015 season scoring nothing but top-10s. Mears, the driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet, is currently 12th in the standings with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500 . All three are in a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and from last year to now the gains the organizations have made are astounding. For Mears, the refining of the alliance has mostly come from understanding the specifics of what goes into a successful race car. "Just improving communication, it is one thing to get a sheet of paper that says, 'Hey, here is the setup,' " Mears said on Saturday. "But when you actually go up and put your arm around the guy that is actually setting that car up and looking at his procedure and understanding how he does it there are a lot nuances. The devil is in the details. I think that we have paid closer attention to a lot of those details, and it is starting to pay off." "I think we're working well together," Allmendinger said. "It's hard when you make an alliance, trying to fit in and see where you fit in and see how much data you truly get ... I think a lot last year we were just behind because we did the alliance basically right before 2014. So we were trying to catch up on cars and everything. We didn't maximize the tools we had, which RCR really allowed us to have pretty much everything we needed." After a slow churn in the alliance, Allmendinger and the No. 47 team are finally getting their footing and it shows. "Going into this year, we just looked at 'OK, how do we make ourselves better,' " Allmendinger said. "We just started a lot further ahead this year than we were last year. This weekend and last weekend we have a brand new car. It's one of the first brand new cars from top to bottom we've had since the team was with Toyota. Just being ahead has really helped us." Allmendinger might have gotten a slow start last year before making the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, but he scored his first top-10 of the season at the Fontana track. Looking ahead, Allmendinger recognizes that hard work equals success. "I'm happy with our team and where it's going," Allmendinger said. "We've got a lot of work to go to be one of those No. 48s and No. 4s and all those teams every weekend, but I can see the hard work is paying off and that's what's great from inside the race car and outside of it." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Kyle Busch wins his 15th career pole and his second of 2014 prior to the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.