Busch Finishes Third, but Fails Inspection

Kyle Busch

The infraction punctuated an eventful day for Busch that saw the No. 18 car started 34th and work its way to the front of the field. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kyle Busch came home third in Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway, but his car was found to be too low in post race inspection.

The left front of Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was deemed 1/16 of an inch too low when NASCAR officials inspected the car after the checkered flag. Busch and his team will likely face a points and fine penalty later this week.

“It’s disappointing,” said crew chief Dave Rogers after the race. “I don’t have any excuses for you. We’ll go back to the shop and try to figure it out. It’s the last thing I expected after the race today so I have as many questions as you right now."

The infraction punctuated an eventful day for Busch that saw the No. 18 car started 34th and work its way to the front of the field.

Busch was exceptionally pleased with the effort, which came at a track where he has historically struggled during his Sprint Cup career. He credits his crew and the work on pit road with helping him to the top-five finish.

“For us, we had a long way to come from,” Busch said. “We started deep in the field, worked our way up toward the front steadily and methodically much of the race. Had good pit stops all day. The guys did a good job of giving me the right adjustments, helping the car drive a little better each and every pit stop.

“The restarts helped us. We passed a few cars there. That last restart there we seemed to get most of our track position, then all we had to do was pit one more time. Some guys short-pitted and some guys long-pitted. We went right in the middle.”

Busch was also in the middle of an on-track scuffle with Kevin Harvick. The two, who are both on probation for their altercation last month in Darlington, played a cat and mouse game early in Sunday’s race running near and toward each other several times.

However, Busch put the blame all on Harvick and says he was simply trying to stay focused on getting a good finish Sunday.

“It was another car I had to pass,” Busch said of the on track moves. “It seemed like he was trying to make it awfully difficult on me. There were a couple of times where I just had to back off and wait, got back to him and tried to pass him again.

“Maybe kind of shows his character and who he is, how he feels he needs to race on the race track. But it’s not my fight. He’s trying to turn it into one.”

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