Kyle Busch desperately needs to win at ROVAL as it is his ‘last shot’ at escaping R-12 elimination

Kyle Busch has had a race streak of P20 or worse finishes.


Kyle Busch desperately needs to win at ROVAL as it is his ‘last shot’ at escaping R-12 elimination

Kyle Busch (Via IMAGO)

Richard Childress Racing driver Kyle Busch started the season on high, securing his first win with his new team in the second race of the year at Fontana. He quickly became a championship favorite by securing wins at Talladega and later at Gateway. But since the podium finish at Richmond, he has scored just two top-10s from nine races.

Busch used the playoff points he secured with the three race wins of the regular season to his advantage to make it out of the first-round playoff despite scoring just one top-10 finish. But things took a dark turn in the R-12. At Texas, he crashed out early and ended at P34; on Sunday at Talladega, he secured just a P25 finish.

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He is in the bottom of R-12 elimination bound four drivers alongside Ross Chastain, Bubba Wallace, and Tyler Reddick. The only Busch can earn a promotion to the last eight is to win the race at ROVAL. While talking about his situation ahead of the final race, he said (H&T: Motorsports), “That’s our last shot, so we’ll see what we get.”

He has been solid in the last two races at the Charlotte Road Course event. His first start at the track in 2020 scored a P30 finish. Busch secured a P4 in 2021 and a P3 finish last season with Joe Gibbs Racing. One major factor that gives Busch a better shot at winning the event is that he has been strong at most of the Road Course races this year.  

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Kyle Busch explains what went wrong at Talladega

The No:8 Chevy Camaro was involved in the first incident of the day on Sunday, which has often happened in the last handful of races. He instigated the wreck of Ross Chastain, which cost him valuable race points.

Kyle Busch (Via IMAGO)
Kyle Busch (Via IMAGO)

Fortunately, Busch’s car didn’t suffer significant damage, and he could continue. But everything went south once again when he was collected in the final wreck of the race that occurred in the final laps of the event.

The car was fine. When I could make moves, get in good positions, and put myself in good spots, I could get up towards the front. My chess match is apparently horrible, or I get hung-out every time it comes down to the end, and we just lose spots,” he said about the result.

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