Kyle Busch may have a tough run with the No.18 car’s balance despite capping off another Top 5 finish three days ago at Kentucky.
But he now moves on as the sixth win of 2018 is up for grabs this Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Kyle Busch started off from 5th as he didn’t make much of a difference when his No.18 car feels tight for the first two corners.
But he maintained the car’s balance at Turns 3 & 4 which helped him finish 3rd in Stage 1.
During Stage 2, The No.18 car struggled to maximize his tires when he fell from 3rd to 6th.
Though, an Alex Bowman caution revived his contention for the lead thanks to a two-tire gamble stop before he ended up 2nd towards the halfway mark.
The No.18 made an excellent save by not touching the wall at Turn 4 while battling against Clint Bowyer.
But it seems he has a lot of catch up down in ninth place.
Nevertheless, Kyle Busch worked his way back up to the Top 5 problem-free as he finished 4th at Kentucky.
2018 Quaker State 400 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 5th
- Middle: 2nd
- Finish: 4th
- Highest Run: 2nd
- Lowest Spot: 21st
- Average Position: 5th
- Pass Difference: -1
- Green Flag Passes: 43, Times Passed: 44
- Quality Passes: 33, 76.7%
- Fastest Lap: 22
- Top 15 Laps: 265, 99.3%
- Total Laps: 267
- Driver Rating: 113.7
Kyle Busch’s New Hampshire Cup Record
He made 26 starts at the 1.058-mile speedway since 2005.
Kyle Busch’s debut at Cup level at this track occurred on Sunday, July 17, 2005, which is precisely 13 years to the day yesterday, ended up in 4th.
He may not have a great run two months later that year in 27th.
However, Kyle Busch won his first New Hampshire race win 12 months on from his Cup track debut.
Since his July 2006 win, he has not scored a Top 5 or 10 run until September 2007 where Kyle Busch finished in 4th which is final run with Hendrick Motorsports at the time in Loudon.
His run since he defected to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008
When he moved to Joe Gibbs Racing in his first year, his Top 10 drought continued until July 2009 when he finished 7th.
He built on his first Top 5 two months later that year in 5th since he last finished 4th precisely from two years ago.
Having secured a 9th place finish in September 2010, Kyle Busch once again did not score any Top 10 finishes over the next two years in 2011-12.
Though, he did battle it out to make close calls three times throughout 2013 & July 2014 when he finished in the runner-up spot.
Following his 8th place run in September 2014, Kyle Busch won another New Hampshire event in July 2015 for the first time in nine years.
That win did follow up his Championship year when he took the Cup Drivers’ Crown at Homestead four months later.
His 2016 run seemed to be okay but not as high as his July 2015 run where he finished 8th in July & 3rd during the September events respectively.
His recent performances at New Hampshire in 2017
12 months ago, Kyle Busch may have experienced another exhausting result down in 12th place.
But he did rejoice New Hampshire’s final Fall Event as a three-time race winner two months later.
It’s one of those memories Kyle Busch will never forget as Las Vegas takes over New Hampshire’s Fall showdown this September.
Don’t forget Las Vegas’s second event of the NASCAR calendar marks the opening Playoffs destination.
Then they will coast Nationwide for the final ten races until the winner takes it all at Homestead in November.
- 26 Starts
- 7627 of 7781 Laps Completed, 98%
- 973 Laps Led
- Three Wins, 11.5%
- Ten Top 5, 38.5%
- 14 Top 10, 53.8%
- Average Start: 10 & Finish: 13.2
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 19 Starts
- 5167 of 5407 Laps Completed, 95.6%
- 948 Laps Led
- Five Wins, 26.3%
- 13 Top 5, 68.4%
- 15 Top 10, 78.9%
- Average Start: 8.3 & Finish: 8.1
- DNF: Two, Drivetrain (Dover) & Crash (Daytona 2).
- He currently leads the Drivers’ Standings with 799 Points.
- 25th, Daytona 500
- 7th, Atlanta
- 2nd, Las Vegas & Phoenix
- 3rd, Fontana
- 2nd, Martinsville
- 1st, Texas, Bristol & Richmond
- 13th, Talladega
- 35th, Dover
- 10th, Kansas
- 1st, Charlotte
- 3rd, Pocono
- 4th, Michigan
- 5th, Sonoma
- 1st, Chicagoland
- 33rd, Daytona 2
- 4th, Kentucky
The result he’d hoped to finish at Kentucky from Saturday have fallen some of his expectations.
He struggled to find the maximum grip & trying to keep his car balanced the whole time.
But he’s always praising the No.18 crew’s hard work from start to finish which saw Kyle Busch post 13 Top 5’s in 19 races so far this year.
At least he’s still keeping the eye of maintaining of “THE BIG THREE” front-runners when it comes to trying to claim race wins.
That pursuit continues as Kyle Busch is busy inside the Joe Gibbs Racing Race Shop before he jets to Loudon later this week.
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