A 19th-place finish doesn’t begin to tell the story of Kyle Busch’s night in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The No. 1 seed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs got off on the wrong foot thanks to getting into the wall on just Lap 3. It triggered a series of events for Busch that saw him fall laps down to the leader after pitting under green.
But through wave arounds and battling to get laps back, Busch cycled his way back to the lead lap and eventually back in the top 10. That was until he ran into the rear end of Garrett Smithley’s car damaging his front splitter. It ended with the 19th-place finish and a very unhappy driver.
“We’re the top echelon of motorsports and we’ve got guys that have never won late model races running out here on the racetrack,” Busch told Parker Kligerman on NBCSN. “It’s pathetic. They don’t know where to go.”
It could have gone worse for Busch. He dropped to just fourth in the Cup Series Playoff standings thanks to the bonus points he had built up in the regular season.
“It’s pathetic to have to lean on insurance,” he said. “My premiums are going to go up.”