FORT WORTH, TX – Kyle Busch had a good handling race car for the duration of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. It just wasn’t the fastest though. But, in the end, Busch found himself running solidly in the top five in his No. 18 Toyota.
Busch, finished fifth in the first stage and ninth in Stage 2. That netted him eight stage points. Mix Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott scoring zero stage points, Ryan Blaney having two and Joey Logano six, Busch was sitting in a pretty good position heading into the final half of the penultimate race of the Round of 8.
On the second to last stint, Busch moved his way up to third and chasing down only Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola in front. It was going to be a great points day for him. In fact, Busch went longer than anyone else on the second to last stint and was the last to hit pit road on Lap 313. Unfortunately, a slow stop cost Busch.
He went from third to seventh and due to only a handful of laps remaining in the final stint, he couldn’t make up any ground. Busch, would finish seventh in Sunday’s race. That cost him at least four points as he’s now +22 in the standings heading to Phoenix next weekend.
Busch, does have two top five finishes in his last three starts on the season now but that and a runner-up in Richmond are his only three in his last nine races on the season. Luckily, the ISM Raceway is up next and since the track was reconfigured, Busch is undefeated. He won the playoff race there last year and the spring race this season. he also has three straight top two finishes in the Arizona desert.
He’s looking good right now.