SPARTA, KY – Friday night’s Alsco 300 was Kyle Busch’s to lose. He started third in his No. 18 Toyota but by Lap 15 he found himself in the lead. He was that good all night. In all, Busch led a race high 111 of 200 laps at the Kentucky Speedway in what should have been his eight career win here. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to reach victory lane as a late race problem with Busch’s car caused him to drop from the lead to third before a caution flag flew for Elliott Sadler on Lap 146.
Due to his car now not handling to his liking, Busch and his team opted to pit under that caution to put on four fresh Goodyear tires, a full load of Sunoco fuel and some adjustments to help his car to get back to handling how it was before.
We’d go back green with 50 laps-to-go as Busch had 50 laps to move his way back through the field from his 14th position that he was restarting in. He’d get back up to third for his eighth straight top five finish in XFINITY Series competition on the 1.5-mile track and 21st top 10 finish in 25 career starts across all three NASCAR divisions.
Busch, has just one victory in six starts this season and has surprisingly not been as dominant as we would have expected. He was baffled on what happened to his car on that run after the midway mark as his crew chief said that they didn’t make any changes to his car at all. Nevertheless, whatever happened, as suspected a possible ride height problem while the car was being jacked up on the Lap 134 pit stop, was his demise on Friday night.