Busch frustrated with Brickyard 400 crash


By James Jackson
July 23, 2017


Despite leading the most laps, Kyle Busch’s run for three consecutive Brickyard 400 wins was not meant to be.

A lap 111 accident Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. while leading in Turn 1 knocked the two drivers out of the race.

“...Just chalk it up to another one that we figure out how to lose these things by,” said Busch, who has led the most laps in five Cup races this season but remains winless.

“It’s very frustrating and I hate it for my guys, they build such fast Toyota Camrys and the Skittles Camry was really good again today. Had wanted to go out there and put ourselves in the record books for three in a row, but not happening.”

The Brickyard 400 has seen 13 different winners, with two instances of a back-to-back winner (Jimmie Johnson 2006 and 2007; Kyle Busch 2015 and 2016).

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Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag and led every lap up to the first caution of the day on lap nine. After a red flag due to weather, the race restarted on lap 17 and Busch took off and held the lead when the competition caution came out on lap 30.

On lap 41, Busch reported a vibration but continued to lead the race. At the end of stage one, Busch held off Martin Truex Jr. for the victory in the stage after leading every lap of stage one.


At the start of stage two, Busch led the field to the restart and began pulling away from the field until the yellow flag was displayed on lap 57 shortly after the restart.

Under yellow on lap 72, Busch and the majority of the field pitted. Busch lost the lead due to some drivers staying out causing Busch to have to restart in traffic.

On lap 87, Busch regained the lead from Ryan Blaney and started pulling away from the rest of the field. After regaining the lead, Busch dominated the rest of stage two en route to a second stage win.


On pit road just before stage three started, Martin Truex Jr. passed Kyle Busch and took the lead away from him causing Busch to restart in second for stage three.

When the race restarted, Busch didn’t get a strong restart on the inside lane in second and fell in line behind leader Martin Truex Jr. until the caution came out on lap 108.

On the restart on lap 111, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were racing each other for the lead when they made contact going into Turn 1, sending both drivers into the Turn 1 wall, ending their days early.

Busch unofficially sits fourth in driver’s standings, 140 points above the playoff cutline.  
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