Kurt Busch couldn't keep pace with the fastest cars Sunday, but he used a solid eighth-place run to hold the third position in the Sprint Cup points standings.

Busch started 28th but moved up steadily during a 97-lap green-flag run to open the race. When the field restarted on lap 103 after the first of six cautions, he was 14th.

"It was a really good run for the Miller Lite Dodge," said Busch, who trails series leader Jeff Gordon by 180 points after seven races. "We worked on it (the car) and made small adjustments throughout the day.

"We felt like we couldn't run with the big dogs today but could have a good points day. That's exactly what we needed. I felt that our car was better on the long runs. The short green runs, that wasn't good for us. We needed to be out there as long as we could and stretch it out. The green flag pit stops helped us move our way forward."

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News

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