Kurt Busch sports the No.45 Toyota Camry TRD for 23X1 Racing as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series contender and is currently the only driver competing in the sport with the longest active tenure in the series and with the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway coming to an end after the off-week in the 2022 schedule, he came back strong with a P2 but was still dissatisfied with the way he ran in the restarts leaving Hendrick Motorsport’s Chase Elliott to take his No.9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the Victory Lane for his second time.
The 2004 NASCAR Nextel Series Champion now known as the Cup Series seemed pretty strong throughout the race and he battled his way to the lead after starting from 19th position on the green flag. He started beside the winner Chase Elliott on the restart but he couldn’t catch up to him and the ending was quite controversial as the caution didn’t come out after Brad Keselowski made contact with Chris Buescher on the outside wall, Kurt Busch is running 15th in the points table with a win at Kansas Speedway and five top 5s this season.
“I got soft on him, I should’ve been throwing some fenders,” Kurt Busch relives the mistakes that cost him his win at Nashville
Kurt Busch was pretty disappointed and happy with his second-place finish at Nashville after the off-weekend and he went on to say that he should’ve kept up with the leader Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports and he added by saying that he regrets not keeping with his advantages on the track and behind the wheel and as a whole, he was content with the way his team raced and he thanked them for all that they did and he took the fall for not having won at Nashville.
“I got soft on him, I should’ve been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum around and I didn’t stick with our strength, we didn’t have many strengths tonight. We just executed really well, the restarts were so-so, long runs speed was good, uh and I just needed to stick to our strength and I messed up, so I just want to thank all my guys at 23X1. I mean it’s a really good group of guys and girls and the way that we’re running,” said Kurt Busch.
He added by saying that a finishing second in a race isn’t bad at all and that it takes a lot to do that but he wanted to win, he agreed that he was there at the track for a win and he said that whatever they’ve achieved wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors, Toyota and Monster Energy and concluded by saying that the way his team worked, they deserved a victory and accepted his fault for not improvising.
“I mean a second-place finish is cool but we’re here for wins with the playoff situation but thanks to Monster Energy, Toyota and all of our associate sponsors I mean this Camry and all the TRD cameras were awesome and I just hate when we don’t get into victory lane and I was right there, I just wanted to throw some fenders and I didn’t get the job done and I’m happy with a second-place but my guys, everybody would be smiling and I let them down, I should’ve come up with a better plan,” concluded Kurt Busch.
Kurt Busch stands 15th in points but he has secured a playoff spot with his AdventHealth 400 win at Kansas and he is now fighting for points to cement his position for a potential win in the championship.