Kurt Busch had a solid run going at Kansas last week until a mistake in the pits derailed his effort. He finished 18th, which is the fourth time in six playoff races this season that he was outside the top 10.
Busch advanced to Round of 8, but the NASCAR America analysts do not give him great odds to advance to the Championship 4.
“I think this is going to be tough for Kurt Busch, honestly,” Dale Jarrett said. “With the assumption that he is moving on from this (team). The way they’ve performed at Kansas the other day. I didn’t see what I wanted to see when they were put in that position.”
The position Busch was in was this: He lost a lap after incurring a Lap 121 penalty for an uncontrolled tire during a green flag stop in the middle of Stage 2. The race continued green until the end of the stage and Busch was not able to race into the free pass position. No other caution flags waved. Busch ended the day the last car one lap down to the leaders.
Kyle Petty believes pressure is growing between the driver and team.
“There’s something building up there,” Petty said. “Somebody’s going to pull the pin before too much longer and there’s going to be an explosion inside that helmet.”
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