Busch Believes Title Hopes Are Over

Kyle Busch

Busch is ninth in the series standings. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Sunday’s blown engine in the Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway was enough to end Kyle Busch’s dream of winning this year’s Sprint Cup Series championship.

Busch’s 35th-place finish in Sunday’s race thanks to his engine expiring late in the going dropped him from 80 to 187 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson, a deficit Busch believes is too great to erase.

“There was just a weird pop off of Turn 2 one time when I got to the throttle wide open, and it blew that back of the hood seal between the hood and the cowl,” Busch explained. “It blew it up. I said, ‘Well, that didn’t sound too good. I’m not sure if it’s going to make the rest of the race.

“Apparently it didn’t….real unfortunate for all these guys and the way we were coming back right there with that run. We finally got some adjustment in the car that made it where it was heading back toward the front and it just blew up.”

Busch came into the weekend hoping to bounce back from the controversial tangle he had with David Reutimann in Kansas. He had a strong car at ACS and despite falling back was able to charge to the front and run with the lead pack throughout the race.

But when his engine expired any hope of rebounding from the disappointment of the week before literally went up in smoke in Busch’s mind.

“Not this year,” he said dejectedly.

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