In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series‘ Father’s Day race, Tom Busch‘s sons Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch had very different days in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Both have been having great bounce-back seasons of sorts after both had a rough 2012. Kurt began his search for redemption in NASCAR’s premier series while brother Kyle had practically his worst season ever with only one win at Richmond.
Kurt has been running extremely well so far in 2013 considering the small team of Furniture Row Racing, whose No. 78 car he is driving. He has consistently seemed to be in the running for a win this year. All the signs pointed to it being the case again this weekend after the older Busch brother was dominant in the practices after qualifying.
Instead, he was spun relatively early in the race after leading 21 laps once he got past pole sitter Carl Edwards. Busch’s car was damaged and he was only able to salvage a 35th place finish for the day. It was a disappointment, but Kurt’s season has been full of days like this to go with the solid top-five finishes.
On the other hand, the younger brother Kyle Busch had a solid finish at the end of the day after climbing his way throughout the race back to the top five. After a pit penalty, Kyle had to restart at the tail end of the field and work his way back. In typical Rowdy fashion, he was able to do so. This was the third top-five finish in a row for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
While their days were quite different, both brother’s seasons in general have started off much better this year, and still are only looking up.