SPARTA, KY- As we near the end of the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, just one driver has completed every lap thus far in 2016 – Kurt Busch. Despite spinning through the infield grass on the final lap of last Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, Busch was still able to complete all 161 laps last weekend.
This weekend though, he’s going to have to complete all the laps in the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway in his backup car.
Busch, got into the wall in Turn 3 with just under 10 minutes to go in final practice this evening from the 1.5-mile northern Kentucky track, as the team will have to go to a backup car as a result for tomorrow’s 267 lap event.
Instead of starting the race third, Busch will now start last as his crash occurred after qualifying was rained out this afternoon. He will roll off 40th in his No. 41 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet tomorrow night.
That’s a huge loss of track position at the start of tomorrow night’s race.
But, Busch is still optimistic that he can charge through the field and put on a good show tomorrow night instead. Being third in the overall driver standings and having a win already this year makes this weekend less stressful now as a bad result in a backup car won’t hurt him at all moving forward.