Kyle Busch’s recent string of bad luck in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continued early in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Running 19th after moving up from his 24th-place starting spot, Busch’s No. 18 Toyota bobbled as it exited Turn 4 on Lap 3, hitting the outside wall.
After making lengthy repairs, Busch rejoined the field in the 43rd spot, 25 laps down to the race leader. He would eventually go on to finish 39th, 41 laps down to race winner Jeff Gordon.
"I felt so good about my car those first few laps running the bottom, but then I was getting hung out on the straightaways," said Busch. "Then I just tried going to the top in (turns) three and four right away, and I got loose all the way through three and four. Every time I touched the gas it wanted to spin out, and finally it was too much gas and not enough save, and I wrecked. I just hate it for these Interstate Batteries guys. I was really optimistic about our car there in the opening laps, and we didn’t get to see what we were capable of."
This is the third consecutive week Busch and the No. 18 team has struggled. Busch finished 42nd at Pocono Raceway after an engine failure, and finished 40th last weekend at Watkins Glen International after heavy contact with Martin Truex Jr. damaged the left front of the car.
This run of poor finishes comes after Busch scored three second-place finishes in four weeks at Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.