Busch Finishes Third In VFW 200 At Michigan KBM Driver-Owner Remains Second in Owner's Championship Kyle Busch led five times for 25 laps, but couldn't overcome a loose racetruck en route to a third-place finish in Saturday's VFW 200 NASCAR ...
Busch Finishes Third In VFW 200 At Michigan
KBM Driver-Owner Remains Second in Owner's Championship
Kyle Busch led five times for 25 laps, but couldn't overcome a loose racetruck en route to a third-place finish in Saturday's VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
"Just didn't have enough unfortunately," Busch said. "Can't thank Toyota enough, M&M's, Flexco and all the guys on this team. They gave me a good truck and the driver didn't get it done. Unfortunately, we were just a little too loose all day, fighting that and trying to get some adjustments in it. Didn't quite get it far enough."
Throughout the final 10 laps, Busch was in a fierce battle with eventual winner Aric Almirola and runner-up Todd Bodine, but could not get out in front to score his first truck series victory at the 2-mile oval.
"It's challenging," Busch said. "You're all over the place trying to find some way to get around those guys and I just couldn't find it. We stuck to a third-place today. My truck was all over the place so I could run the top in (turns) one and two and the bottom in three and four. When you can only run a specific line and you can't move around the race track anywhere else, then you're stuck.
"Especially here, you can't pass a guy down on the bottom of one and two because you're loose down there and you can't go up high in one and two and get on their outside because then you're going to be loose in three and four. Just frustrating that we didn't have it right."
In five career Truck Series races at the Michigan, Busch has never started worse than eighth or finished lower than seventh, including three runner-up finishes.
Almirola won the VFW 200 to score his second career Camping World Truck Series victory in 58 starts, his second of the season and his first at Michigan.
Bodine finished .111 of a second behind Almirola in the runner-up spot, while Busch, Ron Hornaday Jr., and rookie Austin Dillon took spots three through five. The rest of the top-10 consisted of Timothy Peters, Jason White, David Starr, Elliott Sadler and Nelson Piquet Jr.
The race, which was red-flagged for more than 40 minutes after the completion of lap 39 due to a brief rain shower, featured five caution periods for 24 laps, with 10 drivers failing to finish.
While Busch is not running the full Camping World Truck Series schedule, the No. 18 Toyota is competing for the owner's title and remained second in the standings, just 22 points behind the No. 30 truck of Germain Racing.
The Camping World Truck Series will take the next three weeks off before heading to Iowa Speedway in Newton for the July 11 Lucas Oil 200 presented by SPEED on Mediacom.