While Ryan Newman was celebrating his highly deserved win, Kyle Busch walked away with much less than he had planned.
For the most part, Kyle Busch had a pretty great day on Sunday. He led the most laps and was practically the best car on the track. However, it didn’t end quite like he wanted.
Although he led most of the race, the very end of the race showed very different results. And it had a lot to do with Joey Logano.
We all remember the incident that went down just last week in Las Vegas. Both Joey Logano and Busch were battling it out for fourth place, and while doing so, Logano made contact with Busch, ruining both of their races.
This week the guys were in two totally different positions, but Logano still managed to screw Kyle’s race up. With just six laps remaining, Logano lost the right-front tire, sending his car into the outside wall and bringing out a caution.
Because of that, Busch (who was leading the race at the time) pitted. By doing so, he lost his first place position to Ryan Newman who stayed out on old tires.
In Las Vegas, Busch was PISSED about what happened on the track and didn’t hide it after the race when he confronted Logano and started a fight. However, after this incident in Phoenix, Busch had a very positive demeanor.
After all, he did get his best finish of the season thus far.
“Everything’s great. We got a top five and that’s what we set out to do today. We got a third, so we should be pumped about that and how good this Skittles Camry ran today. It was awesome there at the end. … We had a little miscue there on pit road with Kurt and from there it was just too many cars that stayed out. If it was just two that stayed out maybe, but we really needed the outside like (second-place finisher Kyle) Larson had. Overall we should be proud of our run today and we will move on. We kind of struggled a little bit in traffic, but the car liked the clean air and we were sitting pretty. But that’s racing.”
How frustrating though!!! We’re glad everything ended on a positive note.