Kyle Busch overcomes early contact, pit points to complete sixth at Las Vegas
Kyle Busch felt he had a “dismal day” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however he managed to complete sixth within the South Level 400.
A collision with Joey Logano on lap 88 broken the fitting aspect of Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry. The 2 had lined up on the entrance row for a restart and fought for the lead going into Flip 3 when Denny Hamlin made it three-wide. Whereas Logano must pit with a tire rub and had his evening hindered by misplaced monitor place, Busch soldiered on though he mentioned his automotive had no velocity over the radio.
Earlier than the top of the second stage, a green-flag pit cease and air gun malfunction allowed Busch’s group to work on the automotive. However the lengthy cease stored Busch from ending inside the highest 10 (he was eleventh) and incomes stage factors.
“I don’t know what all went down there,” mentioned Busch. “I do know Denny made a last-minute transfer as a way to make us three extensive, and I don’t know if the 22 knew that was coming and didn’t modify for it, didn’t plan for it. It type of appeared like he anticipated me to go to the underside and run the underside, and he was going to run my door, so simply mile-and-a-half regular stuff.”
Busch led six laps Sunday evening, however they got here earlier than the contact. Though he stayed inside the high half of the leaderboard by means of the second a part of the race, Busch was by no means a severe challenger for the win.
An ill-timed warning with lower than 35 laps to go additionally trapped Busch one lap down, and he needed to take the wave round to get again on the lead lap, as did 11 of the 12 playoff drivers. Busch then pitted one final time on the ultimate warning and lined up eleventh for the additional time restart, gaining 5 spots by the end.
“I didn’t really feel like we had a race-winning automotive (earlier than the contact),” Busch mentioned. “I felt like we had been going be, the best way all the things type of netted out, a fourth or fifth-place automotive. That was about all we had been going to get, so undoubtedly misplaced a whole lot of factors in that second stage simply attempting to verify we had been fourth or fifth or sixth, someplace in there, and we completed sixth, in order that was about the place we had been going to finish up fortunately.
“However man, it was wanting ugly there in that second stage and far of the ultimate stage as properly the place we had been at. So, dismal day right here in Vegas once more.”
Whereas Busch has completed no worse than seventh within the first 4 playoff races, the dearth of wins and playoff factors has him close to the underside of the playoff grid. Not serving to issues was that Busch watched older brother Kurt win at Las Vegas, which places Kyle under the cutline going into Talladega Superspeedway.