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Kyle Busch’s Kansas weekend: Tow, tow

By Jim Utter
jutter@charlotteobserver.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Kyle Busch wasn’t a fan of Kansas Speedway prior to Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

It’s safe to say his opinion hasn’t changed.

Busch entered this weekend in contention for his first Sprint Cup Series championship and left with a 34th-place finish. He now trails series points leader Matt Kenseth by 35 with six races remaining.

It was a tough weekend all around for Busch, who wrecked his No. 18 Toyota on the first lap of Saturday’s first practice.

He nearly replicated the feat when he was collected in Danica Patrick’s wreck on the race’s opening lap. It only got worse after that, finally ending when his day finished in a three-car incident on Lap 200 of 267.

“I have no idea what happened on that last one. All I know is we’re in Kansas, right?” Busch said immediately after his final accident.

He was involved in a total of three incidents.

“We’ll just have to work hard,” he said. “We’ll just have to keep doing what we’ve done and getting us to this point all year long, and that’s been consistency.

“Every other track except Kansas seems to be able to bode well for us, so we’ll see what happens. And if it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t happen. It wasn’t meant to be.”

While Busch seemed remarkably composed during his interview with national TV immediately after his wreck, as time went by, he appeared to get more upset.

“This is the worst track I’ve ever driven on,” he told Motor Racing Network. “The tires are the worst tires I’ve ever driven on, and track position is everything. You can’t do anything unless you’re out front.

“You get back in traffic … (race winner) Kevin Harvick couldn’t pass me and he led the first 80 laps of the race.”

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