BRISTOL, Tennessee – Kyle Busch had cars strong enough to fight for his third swing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Instead, he had two eventful races and left the track without a win.
Busch arrived in Bristol and tried to add 21 national victories to the bullring to his career. He led the Xfinity Series race on Friday before an early accident hit him. In the cup race he faced further ups and downs.
Busch, who wanted to win a cup event for the eighth time in Bristol, started a 15-car wreck in the second round. Later, he contacted Martin Truex Jr. to knock out his championship rival and finished 20th, after his damaged Toyota turned to summon up the final caution of the race.
"It just was not meant for us" I think at the weekend, "Busch said.
The fact that Busch even challenged the leaders towards the end of the race was an impressive turn from such a daunting start The stubbornness of the Joe Gibbs Racing Team underscored almost as much as Bush's six Cup victories this season.
The race had just begun when Busch's car flew up the bench, ricocheting off Ryan Blanei's car and spinning in front of him Busch's car was so badly affected that he could have just called it a race, he was two laps behind and apparently had little chance of getting back into the race.
The leader is already locked up in the playoffs, so that Saturday night ended in pride and his love for Bristol.
Busch worked its way slowly through the field and was back in the lead at the beginning of the final leg Last turn, Busch thought he had a realistic win in a back-to-back win.
"That was just me and this team and never gave up and so I've been able to drive through the field," Busch said. "(Our car) was fast, even torn and destroyed and everything else was fast."
Busch was in third place when he closed on Truex's bumper and Trux & # 39; Car turned and hit the outside wall. Busch blamed the wreckage, which had nullified Trux's hopes for his first career short-track victory.
"I did not think I was standing next to him and I caught him and sent him on a whale ride." Said Busch. "I hope he's fine and it's alright, I hated that I met him, I know he had a good shot to win the race."
Bush's chances closed shortly thereafter, covering a frustrating weekend. The victory went instead to Kurt Busch, Kyle's older brother.
One night before, Kyle Busch led the Xfinity race for the first 70 laps until a flat tire made him hit the wall and knocked him out of the race. [1
Busch set itself the goal of winning both weekend events Bristol. He has done so twice, in 2010 and 2017.
Even on a weekend when he had not published his usual results, Busch still showed the qualities that make him one of the most polarizing and powerful riders.] He dominated the Xfinity race until his exit and then showed his frustration with his facial expressions during a brief post-race interview that immediately flared up on social media. He was greeted by a chorus of boos after selecting DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" as the song to accompany his launch on Saturday, and then threatening to produce one of his most unlikely gains.
Busch probably has not won yet more fans with his role in forcing Truex out of the race. He later said that he did not mean harm and added that he should send Truex & # 39; crew a cake to apologize.
"They'll throw that away anyway," Busch joked, "but it has ruined the day's ability to win a win or even a second."
Busch leads the scoring with two remaining races before the playoffs begin.
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