Kyle Busch knocked out of NASCAR playoffs in "terrible year"

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

The king will be dethroned.

Austin Dillon in a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola in Fords also were eliminated. He can officially no longer defend his crown.

At one point during the race he cut down a tire during a restart, dropping him to the tail of the field.

Elliott, meanwhile, won for the second consecutive year at "The Roval" and third time this season.

Asked if there is anything that needs to change for the No. 18 team or about things they're not doing better, Busch said: "All of those things have certainly been discussed". "I'm not doing it right". Or car's not quite right. I don't know what I'm doing, or the car's not quite right, or I'm not trusting what the vehicle is really doing.' So maybe I should just drive it harder and then I'm crashed. I don't know what to think. "I don't know what to think, but certainly it would be nice to score a win. That would be the only consolation prize for the way this year has gone".

Busch, the reigning series champion, needed a win at the Charlotte Roval for all intents and purposes to advance to the Round of 8 in the playoffs. It was his 11th time outside the top 20.

Logano would get around Erik Jones in the closing laps and collect the brilliant runner-up finish. His second win on Charlotte's oval/infield road course hybrid circuit made him the first multi-race victor in three races at the track.

"I just knew that we were trying something - anything", Busch said. There was only four or five of them. The best way to get to the next round is to win. "But I didn't have anything to drive away".

The damage the No. 18 Toyota sustained earlier may have contributed to that.

Bell and Byron also led early in the final 59-lap stage of the race after Blaney gave up the lead to pit at the end of the second stage.

He did neither, after a strategic gamble failed to let him maintain the lead coming out of a late-race caution.

"Obviously we didn't have anything for nobody today", Busch said. Before the Round of 12 even started, he predicted he wouldn't make it out still active in the playoffs anyway.

The reigning NASCAR Cup Series finished a frustrating 30th after running out of gas late in Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, which in many ways is a flawless summation of how hard Busch's season has been. A pit strategy call that kept him on track while nearly every other vehicle in the field pitted late in the race gave Busch the lead, but with older tires on his Toyota he simply didn't have the pace to retain the lead. He wasn't in a must-win position at the start of the race, but as the race wore on it became more and more obvious that his only shot to advance would be to win the race.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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