HAMPTON, GA – For the second straight week, Kyle Busch will start towards the back of the field in as many tries to start the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season off with. Busch, lost control of his No. 18 Toyota in the early portion of Saturday’s final practice session for the Cup Series around the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and backed into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. As a result, Busch will have to go to a backup car.
Busch, will have to give up his sixth starting spot and roll off in the back. He’ll start in last (37th). Last week, he started 31st in the season opening Daytona 500 after he was involved in a crash with Jimmie Johnson in his Duel. Luckily, the damage wasn’t enough to have to go to a backup car then, but they still had to start in the back because of his finishing position.
Luckily for him, Busch still finished runner-up in the ‘500. Can he come through the field again on Sunday? He has a fast car. He was eighth and second in practice respectively and initially qualified sixth.
Another driver needing to come through the field is Brad Keselowski. He qualified his No. 2 Ford 19th for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). He and his Team Penske teammates have been struggling to find speed this weekend. To make matters worse, Keselowski is under the weather as he woke up on Saturday morning with flu like symptoms. Because of that, he missed most of Saturday’s final practice session with the team electing to go with Austin Cindric to as his sub.
Keselowski, made on run in the end but sat out most of the 80 minute long practice.