It was another night with a promising car that could have wound up in victory lane but instead was hauled away to the garage. For Kyle Busch a possible win turned into disaster again in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend. Instead of the solid finish he could have used to cement his position in the standings he wound up in 38th by the end of the night.
In the early goings of the race it seemed like the competition could come down to a shootout between multiple event winner Kasey Kahne and Busch at the end. Even when Fox’s TV camera cable came down on the track causing mayhem and damage, Busch was able to come through as the race leader after NASCAR officials allowed crews to repair the damage caused by the falling cable. Busch’s pit crew got the car fixed, and he continued to be a force in the marathon race.
Then disaster strictly for Busch struck on lap 257. His car began to smoke a sign of a burnt up Toyota engine in his No. 18 Camry. For once after he was knocked out of the running, Busch actually chose to give an interview with the media a smart decision considering the backlash against him in social media in the aftermath of Darlington where he chose not to give his perspective on his disappointing finish after his domination all race long.
In his reaction Busch praised the actions of the NASCAR officials and his pit crew. “We had been running first, second or third most of the evening, but just catastrophic engine failure – it seems to be that time of year again. I hate it for all my guys. They worked too hard, and they always do. But Dave Rogers (crew chief) and these guys, they pour their hearts and souls into this deal, and it’s just so frustrating to see it end on a short note like that and not getting the finish that we needed.”
This post race reaction showed a more mature face of Kyle Busch, yet this season has seemed more and more like those of his youth with wins paired with several crashes. If he is ever going to win a championship he needs to finish stronger week in and week out not just a sweep every once in a while.