Avondale, AZ- Last week, Kyle Busch was well on his way to his first top five finish of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. In the season opener, he crashed out at Daytona and finished 38th. He was very frustrated with Goodyear for the cut tire in that crash in Turn 3 that day.
At Atlanta, they were just off and finished 16th.
Last Sunday, at his home track in Las Vegas, he was running third before contact with him and Joey Logano in the last turn on the final lap sent his No. 18 Toyota spinning to a 22nd place finish.
Frustration, frustration, frustration.
This weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway, Busch was well in command in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at the 1.022-mile track before a late race caution flew with six laps-to-go.
Logano of all drivers (no it definitely wasn’t intentional and Logano did nothing wrong) cut a right front tire and hit the Turn 1 SAFER barrier very hard. It would bunch up the field and Busch would lose his 3.23-second lead over second place Kyle Larson at the time.
The field would hit pit road, and Busch’s crew didn’t get him out first. Larson, beat him off pit road. But, three drivers stayed out and instead of being first at the time the caution flew, Busch would restart fifth.
Busch, would only muster a third place finish on Sunday which yes, it’s a great race to finish in the top five, but frustrating that he led a race-high 114 of the 314 laps and couldn’t land in victory lane.
One of these races the luck will turn for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.