It seems rare that Kyle Busch doesn’t have a car to win, but that was the case Sunday as he tailed off in the second half of the Hollywood Casino 400.
Still, Busch came home with a fifth-place finish, which allowed him to hold on to his third-place ranking in the Chase for the Championship standings, 10 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson.
“We had really good short-run speed, we just didn’t have long-run speed,” Busch said. “I hated that we weren’t able to go up there and race the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and get more out of it, but we just had to fade gracefully there towards the end and didn’t have enough to chase those guys down. I wish we did. Our car was fast all through practice and everything this whole weekend, we just missed it here for the race. We just didn’t get our race adjustments right.”
While he is sitting in a strong position heading to Talladega, Busch isn’t taking anything to chance, given how unpredictable NASCAR’s biggest superspeedway is.
“You never can have any comfort and you do what you need to do in order to transfer through,” Busch said. “It’s all about the racing gods in that story in Talladega.”