For the second time in three weeks, Kyle Busch’s engine unexpectedly failed him, resulting in a P34 finish and an early exit from the 2022 Cup Series playoffs at Bristol.
Busch acknowledge that what happened to end his night at Bristol Motor Speedway left him “flabbergasted” after being eliminated from the playoff field.
The RCR-bound driver entered Saturday’s race at Bristol just two points below the playoffs cutline.
“It just goes with our year. I don’t even know what to say,” Busch told USA Network. “I’m flabbergasted. I just feel so bad for my guys. They don’t deserve to be in this spot. They work too hard. We are too good of a group to be this low — down on the bottom, fighting for our lives just to make it through.
“Two engine failures in three weeks, that will do it to you. I really feel bad for all of Rowdy Nation, everybody at M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, Rowdy Energy, all of the partners that get us going every week. This is not our normal.”
Media personnel and fans were critical of Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing sabotaging Busch playoffs hope.
“23XI Racing potentially preventing Kyle Busch from advancing to the second round is a curious twist.” – Jordan Bianchi
Two wrecked Toyota teammates got back on track to take more playoffs points from Kyle Busch.
Bush recently made an official announced that he will be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing for Richard Childress Racing in 2023.
— Jason Oehlert (@JasonKFB) September 19, 2022
Busch still has seven races remaining, starting next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch has four wins at Texas, including the 2020 fall race.