Kyle Busch didn’t have a very solid weekend out of his No. 18 Toyota. Busch, was only 15th and 17th respectively in practice on Friday, qualified 18th on Sunday but somehow ended up in sixth when it was all said and done in the Drydene 400 at the Dover International Speedway.
It’s a race that he will take as he’s +48 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings with only two races remaining in the Round of 12. He doesn’t like to use his insurance but he has it in place heading to Talladega next weekend.
“I don’t know, speeding on pit road never helps,” Busch said of his day. “We probably finished about where we should’ve I guess, maybe one spot better, but that’s it.”
This was a race that he had to finish well. While he still has just one top five finish in his last four starts on the season and only four in the last 13 overall, a sixth place run will help Busch get to at least the Round of 8.
That’s where his championship hopes can be dashed though if they don’t turn things around.
Busch, only scored three stage points on the day, an eighth place finish in the opening stage. Still, he’s getting beat by his teammates regularly.
Martin Truex Jr. led 15 laps and finished second. Denny Hamlin led 219 and finished fifth. Truex, has finished ahead of Busch in each of the last five races and nine of the last 12 overall. Hamlin, has finished ahead of Busch in four of the last five too.