A third-place finish in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway isn’t all bad for Kyle Busch.
Busch finished behind race winner Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski in Sunday’s race at the 2-mile track. It marked the fourth race in a row Busch has finished among the first three and considering his record at Michigan he’ll take Sunday’s performance.
“There were some moments there that last run once it got strung out, everybody was eight lengths apart, eight lengths apart, eight lengths apart, eight lengths apart, and you couldn’t get any closer than that,” Busch explained. “You were just at an air deficit from being able to get air on your car from the car in front of you and just lacking grip, so you just weren’t able to make up time.
“But yeah, it’s Michigan. Take that with a grain of salt. For us, this isn’t our best place, so we don’t necessarily think we’re going to come here and be a dominant force and coming out of here with a third is fine for us.”
Busch did lead 22 laps after starting from the outside front row but he’s hard pressed to find why Michigan has been such a challenge in his Cup career.
“I’m not sure,” Busch said. “I think mainly because it’s just so one groovish nowadays that I won the last race here on the old asphalt before they went and repaved it, and that day I had my own groove all to myself. I was the fourth lane who was one lane off the wall, and it was my own groove, and I could go there and nobody else was kind of running there. People were coming in and out or running lower or running higher or whatever, so that’s when you can make up time on a guy.”
Busch will move on with the series to Bristol next weekend where he has enjoyed tremendous success but he knows Harvick will also be strong again as he was Sunday.
“Certainly Harvick has been fast there, too,” Busch said. “I think he won there a couple years ago. But obviously we’re kind of on a hot streak with Bristol. We love going there. I would like to think that we can go there, be fast and be able to respond, absolutely.”