Kyle Busch finished third in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which marked his 1,000th career NASCAR National Series start.
Busch did his best to make a run for a third-straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win but the dominating run by race winner Brad Keselowski proved to be too much for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He finished behind Keselowski and runner-up Chase Elliott.
“Just overall speed,” Busch answered when asked what was missing on Sunday. “Even when we unloaded here in practice, we just weren’t quite up on the speed charts like we expected to be. First run off the truck was really good, but as the track took rubber, our car just kind of slowed down and we just didn’t have what we needed there.
“Overall, though, today the midpoint day of today’s race was a bit ugly for us, and then we turned it around, and thankful to have Adam Stevens and all my guys that give me everything that I need to kind of go out there and work with, and we were able to turn our day around. Fast pit stops got us a lot of track position today. It was hard to pass, besides rooting a guy off the bottom, and even when you tried to do that, they just cut your nose off and you lose a spot.”
Still Busch continued his incredible start to the season where he has not finished worse than third in all of his national series starts to date.
“But overall, just we fought hard for today’s finish,” he said. “Not a finish that we wanted to get. Thought we had a chance to win actually, but could have been a whole lot worse. M&M’s Chocolate Bar Camry comes home with another top five. We’ll go on.”