A late speeding penalty on pit road likely cost Kyle Busch a chance at victory in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch led a race-high 192 laps (out of 500) and finished eighth. He did not talk to the media afterward.
In his stead, crew chief Adam Stevens discussed the costly penalty.
“It’s frustrating,” Stevens said. “We put another car on the track that’s capable of winning and it’s tough to do. We’ve been able to do it I don’t know how many weeks in a row.
“We had a race-winning car at Watkins Glen and Pocono and just keep coming up short. This one’s on us. We made a mistake at Pocono, we weren’t aggressive enough at Watkins Glen and now just make a mistake on pit road.
“We had a loose wheel and we battled back from that and then you speed on the last stop – you can’t win if you speed on the last stop. That’s all there is to it.”
There was some confusion as to which section of pit road actually prompted the violation, Stevens said.
“(NASCAR) told us that we were speeding in section five – our pit box is in section five. You can’t speed if you’re stopped on pit road.
“Maybe they meant to say a different number, I don’t know. But there is no earthly way that you can speed in the segment that your pit stall is in, it’s not possible.”