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Kyle Busch ends the first race of NASCAR playoffs with disappointment

Kyle Busch (18) leads Chase Elliott (24) during the Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Kyle Busch (18) leads Chase Elliott (24) during the Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

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Kyle Busch car seemed to be the fastest at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. But not much later, Busch was left with nothing to present thanks to it after the initial event of the playoffs for the NASCAR Cup Series. This shocked the sports world and led to a range of updates NASCAR playoffs odds by online sportsbooks.

 

The event, sponsored by Monster Energy saw Busch in the lead for the 85 laps and also won the first stage, lapping everyone except the first 15 cars. But then, a series of bad luck events impacted the number 18. It was Kevin Harvick who took Busch’s lead with the start of the stage two once No. 18 was left without a wheel, which forced his car into the pit while he was still under green. Right after that, a crew member who was over the wall too quickly led to the pit road penalty. All of this left Busch down by two laps and he only managed to get a single one before the race ended, which was possible thanks to just four cautions in the competition.

 

The whole ordeal was even more pronounced because the Number 18 and Number 19 swapped pit crews once the regular season came to an end. Now, the two pit mistakes in the row stopped Busch from making a big win based on the race’s opening stages. Once the race was finished, Busch did not want to talk to the TV journalists, but he did answer three questions from digital and print media. He stated that he plans to move on, being that there is plenty he and his team can still do. The 15th place finish left Busch to move from third to fifth place in the overall standings. Now, he is only 35 points above the cutoffs in the second round.

 

With 24 playoffs points at the beginning of the last 10 races ended up being a blessing. The reason for this is the fact that he used them all up at the Chicago events. Now, he believes that three spots in the top 15 should get him to the second round. But, he also acknowledged that the 15th spot will hurt his chances in the third round. When asked how does he judge the decision to switch pit crews with the driver Daniel Suarez, Busch said that it was a collective move, including the team owner Joe Gibbs.

 

Adam Stevens, the chief of the pit crew said that he was not even sure that the change would take place. He said that it was a decision made by the company but that he is confident that it was the right move. He believes that in the end, it was simply a bad day. He also stated that he hoped this was the result of playoff jitters, but that he will know more once he debriefs his team. Stevens stated that the practice went really well and that their job should be completed in a better manner next time. Still, the result of the race was a bitter pill because of the fact that the dominant car belonged to Busch.

 

On Friday, he managed to get the pole and even had a 6-second lead at one point. Still, Stevens said that focusing on mistakes makes tougher to bounce back from them. Instead, he believes that the track and a fast car led to lack of caution. Instead, according to Stevens, they have the fastest car he ever saw on that track and not much to show thanks to it.

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