Pole-sitter Kyle Busch hit with pit penalty early in Stage 2 at Chicago (video)


After leading 85 laps and winning Stage 1 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener, pole-sitter Kyle Busch is off the lead lap following an early Stage 2 pit penalty.

Busch pitted on Lap 96 for a vibration. He was then penalized for pit crew members going over the wall too soon.

Busch was two laps down after leaving pit road the second time. He quickly got one lap back and returned to the lead lap following a round of green flag pit stops. He pitted for tires again with just over 30 laps left in the stage and is now one lap down.

The pit penalty comes after the teams of Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez swapped pit crews.

Busch was the fourth playoff driver to be penalized on Sunday after Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon were issued penalties in Stage 1.