DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – 2004 series champion Kurt Busch officially finished deep in the pack earlier this week during NASCAR’s Clash, but it’s becoming more clear as to what happened. Not realizing the race was supposed to run on the road course, Busch chugged around the oval as the rest of the field took the hard left turn into the infield section just past pit out.

Race officials did not seem to notice the former champ was not taking the road course and after the checkered flag flew, Busch remained out on track, thinking 500 miles was the goal. Waking up Thursday morning many saw Busch, with blood-shot eyes, was still on track logging laps, waiting for the white flag that never came.