Kyle Busch’s comeback takes unexpected detour at Dover
For the majority of Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, it appeared as if Kyle Busch was on track to score his first top-five finish of the season.
Starting in the 10th spot, Busch spent 90 percent of the race inside the top five and was running third with 25 laps to go when he tried to move by Brian Scott into Turn 3.
As Busch made the move under Scott’s No. 33 Chevrolet, the two made contact and slid up the hill, making hard contact with the wall.
With heavy damage to both cars, they slid down the banking and came to a rest on the inside wall at the exit of Turn 4 to bring out the fifth caution of the day.
After running up front all race long, Busch ended the day behind the wall in the 36th spot.
"I guess Brian said his spotter didn’t say anything, and he just chopped the corner," Busch said. "I was under him already and it just sucked me around. I just hate it and I hate it for my guys. Man, we had a really good run going. Obviously, we ran in the top five all day long."
Missing the first 11 races of the season, Busch was granted waiver by NASCAR to remain Chase eligible, however the Joe Gibbs Racing driver also needs to be inside the top 30 in driver points.
Needing an average finish of roughly 16th, Busch’s DNF in just his second event of the season is a major setback to his Chase efforts.
"It’s just a shame. This isn’t what we need," he said. "We weren’t going to win today, but it doesn’t help when you finish 40th."
With the day’s poor finish, Busch heads to next weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway 40th in driver standings, 188 points outside the top 30.
After the race, Scott took full blame for the incident and profusely apologized for it via Twitter.
I apologize to @KyleBusch, his sponsors, his team, his fans, and all of JGR. 100% my fault, I didn't know he was underneath me until 2 late.
— Brian Scott (@bscottracing) May 31, 2015