Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash on Lap 17 today as he’d finish a disappointing 37th in the Zippo 200 at The Glen on Saturday. Yes, Busch didn’t win the NASCAR X-Finity Series race and yes it’s a breaking story that he didn’t too.
Busch, has dominated X-Finity Series action over the last several years, as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver had 10 straight top five finishes this season. In fact, Busch had won the last three races entering this weekend’s 82 Lap race, and had nine top two’s in those 10 starts in 2016.
But, a crash in the early stages of today’s race forced him to his first finish outside the top five all year, as it capped a disappointing last few sessions at Watkins Glen for Busch.
The Las Vegas native was fastest in the opening two practice sessions of the weekend on Thursday, then he backed that up with being second quick in final practice yesterday morning. Despite that speed, he could only qualify fifth for today’s race.
Once we got going, he had a splitter break which forced him to the back of the field. That’s why when the wreck occurred just 17 laps in, he was in the middle of it.
Fault the splitter for the crash as if that never broke , he would have been well ahead of the accident. Busch, had no where to go as his No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota was badly damaged as a result.
It was his second finish outside the top 20 in his last three Watkins Glen X-Finity Series starts as The Glen is one of the few tracks he’s yet to win an X-Finity Series race at.
Despite 83 career X-Finity Series victories, he’d yet to win there.
Today, he had bad luck.