While the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was an exhibition with no effect on the Sprint Cup points standings, the night seemed like a repeat of last week’s race at Darlington Raceway for Kyle Busch. The two races were eerily similar as Busch dominated a large part of the race, then fell in the last segment.
The primary difference between Saturday night at Darlington and then Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway was that Busch didn’t cut a tire down in the final laps, but instead let a slow final pit stop and a tighter setup ruined his chances for the night.
This has turned into a common occurrence for this No. 18 Toyota team through the 2012 season and now into 2013. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has repeatedly had a dominant car that falls apart in the final goings of the race.
The only good news Busch could potentially take out of the race was that he at least didn’t lose the race to another teammate, like what happened in the Bojangles Southern 500. At the end of the night, the three JGR cars finished in third (Busch), sixth (Denny Hamlin), and ninth (Matt Kenseth.) Joe Gibbs Racing has shown huge promise over the course of this year, yet still couldn’t capture the all coveted All-Star Race win that they lack.
Hopefully Busch is able to turn his performance in the All-Star Race into some speed for the marathon Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. This is one of the few racetracks where Busch doesn’t have a Sprint Cup win, and he sure could use one to jump start his championship chances once again.