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Kyle Busch unhappy with unbalanced car and mistakes on the way to pit road despite late recovery in 8th at Indianapolis

Kyle Busch began the race from pole position where he’s comfortable with the lead for the first ten laps.

When the first competition caution came out, he resisted by visiting pit road which might be a slight miscommunication.

But his Crew Chief Adam Stevens said not to worry too much as long as he maintained his lead.

Carried too much speed, couldn’t slow down in time to make a stop.

Two laps later, he made his way onto pit road for his first stop where ee’s little too free on exit & out with two tires & gas.

At the next restart, he’s too tight & can’t wrap the bottom of the corner.

Hence, he lost the lead straightaway to Denny Hamlin.

During the 2nd caution check-up on Lap 30, He’s happy that he helped the exit which saw him remain in the Top 10.

But he needed improvement on the entry having added treatment alongside four tires and fuel.

He went on stay out during the Lap 40 caution before finishing 5th in Stage 1 & again during the 1st Stage Break.

Stage 2

He restarted from the same spot as was at the start of the green flag having remained there until he pitted on Lap 68-69.

From there, the No.18 crew made changes to only right side tires and fuel before restarting in 28th.

Ky. Busch went on to rebound pass many cars before he pitted from 3rd with two to go in Stage 2.

His crew added wedge adjustment for better handling alongside four tires and fuel.

But he pitted too soon, probably after when the pit window shut down & will have to restart from the tail end from the Start of Stage 3.

It took some time to fix up the No.18 car during the next stage break after finishing 20th in Stage 2.

Stage 3

Ky. Busch’s moved several cars from the tail to 16th by Lap 116 of 160.

Although, he made an unexpected stop over a right rear flat tire on Lap 122.

His crew managed to remedy that particular issue before they inserted four new tires and fuel with 41 laps to go.

Kyle Busch worked his way back into the Top 10 after his unexpected stop from 29th to 12th until the next caution came out with 18 laps left.

He & the No.18 crew pitted immediately at the right time for new tires and gas before avoiding the last caution with nine to go and crossed the finish line in 8th.

Source: Toyota Racing

His 2018 Season So Far.

  • 26 Starts
  • 6946 of 7189 Laps Completed, 96.6%
  • 1116 Laps Led
  • Six Wins, 23.1%
  • 17 Top 5, 65.4%
  • 21 Top 10, 80.8%
  • Average Start: 7.8 & Finish: 7.6
  • DNF: Two, Drivetrain (Dover) & Crash (Daytona 2).
  • He currently leads the Drivers’ Playoffs Standings with 2050 Points.

Results

  • 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
  • 7th, Darlington
  • 8th, Indianapolis
Source: Toyota Racing

Conclusion

In his Indianapolis Cup record, he’s able to bounce back in the Top 10 since he last won two years ago.

Looking at his season so far, Kyle Busch clinched only two Top 10 finishes in recent weeks.

That’s where he finished 7th at Darlington last week followed by 8th at Indianapolis.

He ran well for some time having led within the first few laps at the start of Stages 1 & 2.

Plus the late yellows did help him wrap up an okay finish thanks to the hard work of his crew members.

But it’s not his weekend to celebrate because there’s a couple of inconsistency points made on and off the race track.

The No.18 Toyota Camry isn’t fast enough compared to rest of the other faster cars such as Brad Keselowski’s Ford.

Somewhat tight, free or loose, it’s not a Top 3 quality race car that will help him win races.

He also suffered a couple of mishaps on the way such as a flat tire with the car way unbalanced.

Plus before the end of Stage 2, he came to pit road at the wrong time when the fuel window closed.

It’s the errors that do frustrate Kyle Busch which could’ve seen him finish inside the Top 5.

Although, he does leave Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the regular-season Championship.

Now he’s looking to add another trophy into the cabinet that he won before three years ago.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

It’s the one big trophy he’s after for the possible second time this year.

But first things first, his road to Homestead begins at Las Vegas starting from this Sunday.

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