Kurt Busch could hold his head high as a Vegas Golden Knights fan.

After winning the pole Friday for this weekend's NASCAR Cup Series race, Busch was asked about the Golden Knights, whose season ended the previous night with a loss in the Stanley Cup Final. It was an emotional first season for the expansion team, which began play not long after the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

"Just being from Las Vegas, my hometown, to have a pro sports team go to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year was amazing," Busch said. "It was a great ride for the city, especially everything that happened on 1 October. Everything seemed to rally around the Las Vegas Golden Knights."

The Golden Knights lost the final series in five games to Washington.
 
"The Cinderella story struck midnight, it seemed like, and the goals didn't quite unfold the way we needed to," Busch said. "The offense that the Capitals kept bringing was insane."