Leaving last Saturday night’s Bristol night race, Kyle Busch was left fuming at Joey Logano. He was upset with how Logano, who was a lap down, didn’t get out of the way in the end.
That drama carried over to Sunday’s opening race of the second round. Busch and Logano had contact on Lap 87 in Turn 3. Busch, had right side damage while Logano developed a left rear tire rub and had to pit a few laps later.
“I don’t know if (Logano) knew that was coming and didn’t adjust for it and didn’t plan for it,” Busch said. “It kind of seemed like he expected me to go to the bottom and run the bottom and he was gonna run my door.”
Busch, would salvage eight stage points with coming home third in Stage 1. The aero was hurt on his No. 18 Toyota and they elected to fix it following a 11th place finish in Stage 2. He’d restart the final stage in 21st.
“We worked on it and I thought we were making some gains on it and then we got that damage and got way back in traffic,” Busch said. “Then there towards the end, was just able to get lucky on a couple of the last restarts in order to pick off a few spots with the M&M’s Camry and get ourselves in a better position for the finish. It was a pretty dismal day I guess.”
He didn’t rebound until the final few laps. Busch, went from outside the top 10 on the final restart to in it with a sixth place result in his No. 18 Toyota.
“Started a little up, went a little down and finished just kind of mediocre there,” Busch said. “We brought an okay M&M’s Camry. Just didn’t seem to have the overall speed that it needed, especially on the long runs early in the race. Then there late, just no overall speed. Nothing to go blitz anybody and try to make moves and get to the front. We just salvaged along and got what we got. We got lucky to get what we got for sure. It was looking like it was going to be a 12th- or 14th-place day, but came home sixth.”
It was his fourth straight top seven finish in as many playoff starts and seventh top 10 in his last 10 starts overall this season. Despite that, with his brother winning, he’s now -9 heading to Talladega next weekend.
Busch’s last six Fall starts on the Alabama Superspeedway is 40th, 11th, 30th, 27th, 26th and 19th respectively. Then, it’s to the ROVAL to where he was 32nd and 37th in the two starts on it. He was also only 37th on the Daytona road course last month too.