Its now going to be one full year since Kyle Busch last won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Who would have guessed that? Busch, last took the checkered flag first in NASCAR’s premiere series in the 2016 Brickyard 400. Now, we head to Indianapolis next weekend with that winless streak still intact, as Busch didn’t win Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire.
The season is getting more and more frustrating for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. The good news though is his JGR team finally won. The bad news is, it wasn’t him.
Busch, had a strong car all weekend long on the 1-mile track, but speeding penalties in crucial times hurt his chances of winning on Sunday afternoon.
Busch, led 95 of the 301 laps at the Magic Mile, but he was relegated to a 12th place finish in his No. 18 Toyota after getting hit with pit road infractions on each of his final two stops.
On Lap 237, Busch was sent to the back of the field after speeding on pit lane. After moving his way back up, he was sent to the back again when he was penalized for speeding for a second straight time on his final stop on Lap 262.
After running in the top two for over the first half of the race last weekend at Kentucky, he’d fade and finish fifth. That had him so frustrated that he didn’t talk to anyone after the race and just headed back home.
Well, it was another frustrating ending, one that has to have the competitor raging mad.
It’s not like Busch has been off this season either. He has 10 top 10’s and seven top fives in 19 races this season. He’s led a ton of laps and been in contention in majority of the races. For some reason, they just can’t close it out.
Today is another example.