There’s no more ardent Chicago Cubs fan than Kurt Busch.
On more than one occasion, Busch has thrown the first pitch at Wrigley Field. And he has sung “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” from the press box during the seventh-inning stretch, in the tradition of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray.
As the Cubs’ streak without a World Series title grew to 108 years, Busch suffered. And when the North Siders finally broke the jinx in 2017, no one rejoiced more than the driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
On Aug. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch ended a drought of his own when he took the checkered flag in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The victory was Busch’s first since he won the season-opening Daytona 500 in 2017, a span of 58 races.
When Busch arrived at Darlington to prepare for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), he noticed an extra flag on his team transporter. Along with the American flag and the usual Stewart-Haas and Ford banners was a white flag sporting only a blue “W”—in other words, the same flag Cubs fans unfurl after a victory.
“Crew surprised me with the ‘W’ flag,” Busch posted on Twitter, along with photos of the flags. “Go @Cubs.”
Crew surprised me with the “W” flag. Go @Cubs ! pic.twitter.com/FJFLTUQ7qj
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) August 31, 2018
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