Busch, Craven remember historic finish at Darlington

Ricky Craven defeated Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds at Darlington in 2003, the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WACH) -- Kurt Busch never stops hoping for the perfect finish at Darlington Raceway.

It was 10 years ago that Busch came up an agonizing .002 seconds shy of victory to Ricky Craven at the track "Too Tough To Tame." Busch says he's seen replays of the final few laps of that 2003 race several times and each time wishes for a different outcome, that he noses out Craven in what is NASCAR's closest finish since it went to electronic timing in 1993.

Busch gets his next chance at a Darlington checkered flag this week at Southern 500.

"With Furniture Row's win there (2011 Regan Smith), with my hunger to win at Darlington and get those two-thousandsth of a second back, I really feel like it's going to be a good weekend," Busch said.

He is also looking to rebound from another disappointing ending last week at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch was caught in a late wreck, his car going airborne before landing on Ryan Newman and finishing 30th.

Since that famous finish ten years ago, Busch and Craven have become good friends.

"This race, this one day has brought (Kurt) and I together as friends," Craven said.