SPARTA, KY – Kyle Busch was the class of the field in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was well on his way to his third career win in nine tries on the 1.5-mile track.
Busch, led a race-high 72 of 269 laps on Saturday but failed to get his No. 18 Toyota to victory lane. He was passed by his brother Kurt Busch on the final restart in overtime and finished second by just 0.076-seconds in what was the closest finish in Kentucky Speedway history.
“I’m glad it was a thriller,” said a ho-hum Busch following a runner-up on Saturday night. “Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the deal … Obviously great to put on great races and great finishes. Been part of a lot of them, but none with my brother like that. So that was a first. No hard feelings.”
But, Busch said that he didn’t know that his brother Kurt had four tires there in the end and that if he knew that, he would have went higher in Turns 1 and 2 to stop his run. Nevertheless, it was Busch’s fifth top five finish in the last seven races on the season and third straight top five here in Kentucky.
Despite that, before the final restart, Busch would have been happy to just finish second. See, he and others only took two tires on their final stops and were up front when the cycles ended.
Busch, was going to reinherit the lead until Joey Logano got by him on Lap 248. Logano, set his sails and was well on his way to the win instead. Busch, was going to have to settle for second anyways.
Then, the final caution fell when Bubba Wallace had a tire go down on Lap 263. That bunched the field up again which gave Busch one more shot at the win. His brother had four tires from his final stop and had too much in the end.