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Kyle Busch endures an up and down run from Lap 2 incident until contact with Chris Buescher saw his comeback trail crash down in 20th at Bristol

Kyle Busch may have endured an up and down run following a nasty Lap 3 wreck.

But with the difficulty of the re-fuelling sustained from the crash and a flat tire with Chris Buescher saw his comeback trail gone down again at Bristol.

Race Recap

He started off from the second row in 3rd alongside Paul Menard at the start of the green flag.

Immediately he tried to pass Ryan Blaney at Turn 4 before going loose spun in front of multiple drivers at the front straight.

Luckily, he survived when he went back and raced on.

But on pit road, it’s getting a lot tricker.

At first, the splitter is okay and needs damage to have the front tire rub fixed and rear end piece removed.

Then he came back to get the left front fender and tire rub fixed after meeting minimum speed.

So his crew inserted only left side tires to try and keep ahead of the lead lap.

However, the No.18 Toyota Camry still suffers the rub suffered in which smoke comes off the left side of the car.

They did what the NASCAR officials have asked them to meet those criteria on Ky. Busch’s third visit on pit road.

Yes, the six-second damaged vehicle policy guidelines in which luckily he ran back out on track before exceeding the limit two laps down.

Ky. Busch felt a couple of times too tight despite moving up spots as he finished 28th in a tricky opening segment.

Stage 2

He came back here for fuel and tires on stage break for the second segment and nothing else.

That’s because Crew Chief Adam Stevens said that he needs to be a little patient so he can get a lap back if a quick caution comes out.

He restarted in 25th as there’s not much progress made when he looked after his tires.

When David Ragan spun on Lap 198, Kyle Busch ticked one target down that Adam Stevens said at the start of Stage 2.

Yes, he took the wave around and became a lap down.

Then he went neck in neck against Kevin Harvick as he’s able to hold on his arch-rival for the lucky dog spot in 20th.

Stage 3

It gave some relief for Kyle Busch and the No.18 team when he won the lucky dog and returned on the lead lap:

  • Got involved in a crash on Lap 3 from 3rd
  • Ran 182 Laps 2 laps down
  • Ran 59 Laps a lap down

He restarted from 15th having been comfortable with the No.18 car able to pass several rivals into the Top 10 and later the Top 5.

Despite returning up top, he had the track bar going up as he’s loose trying to make the car rotate as the front end isn’t working.

Though, he tried to safely pass Martin Truex Jr. for the 2nd spot before making a mistake by sending him to the wall.

Not only a mistake has hurt his “The Big Three” rival taken out of the race track early.

But for himself, the fuel tank looks challenging to re-fill with seven gallons short after what happened on Lap 3.

One guy has to hold on the gas as best as they can, Nate Bellows, including a small adjustment.

Despite losing some time and remaining inside the Top 10, his redemption back up front came crashing once again.

That’s where Chris Buscher tagged the left rear of the No.18 car after the Brad Keselowski incident then received a left rear flat and slammed into the wall on Lap 477.

There’s no choice but to finish off in 20th.

It marked an end of five straight Top 10 finishes in recent weeks from Kentucky last month.

The same say with back to back Top 5 performances until last night from Watkins Glen & Michigan as well as his Bristol Cup record.

Two wins added from 12 months ago and earlier in April this year.

His 2018 Season So Far.

  • 24 Starts
  • 6419 of 6662 Laps Completed, 96.4%
  • 1089 Laps Led
  • Six Wins, 25%
  • 17 Top 5, 70.8%
  • 19 Top 10, 79.2%
  • Average Start: 8.2 & Finish: 7.6
  • DNF: Two, Drivetrain (Dover) & Crash (Daytona 2).
  • He currently leads the Drivers’ Standings with 1003 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
  • 2nd, New Hampshire
  • 1st, Pocono 2
  • 3rd, Watkins Glen & Michigan 2
  • 20th, Bristol 2


You may view him thinking he does well, not sound or okay on the race track.

According to Steve Letarte, Kyle Busch’s driving ability does excite race fans.

His recovery from a Lap 3 incident to the Top 5 earlier in Stage 3 justifies how good a polarizing figure does his best to stay in the game.

Yes, NASCAR needs characters like Kyle Busch to play such a role that provides plenty of competition across rivals in the sport.

It’s how race fans look and say, he’s one of “The Big Three” going up against Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.

Whenever he wins or not, he’s still the trend of what race fans talk about especially at the time Playoffs come out later this year.

It’s still not the weekend Kyle Busch wanted to see out despite a terrific comeback in contention late in the race.

But that comeback runs needs to happen often as long as there’s not much damage further fallen from the race car.

You’ll have to wait two weeks as Kyle Busch takes the final off break before going retro at Darlington Speedway.

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