Busch Finishes P20 in Atlanta
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry, finished 20th in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
● Busch began the race in 18th after qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather and the field was set per the rulebook.
● The two-time Cup Series Champion worked his way into the top-10 on lap 18 and was scored seventh when the yellow flag was shown for the competition caution on lap 25. He restarted fifth on lap 30.
●The M&M’S Crunchy Cookie driver finished the second stage in sixth, earning five bonus points, and reported his M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Camry needed more grip. He pitted for tires and fuel on lap 63 and lined up 13th for the start of stage two.
● Busch was running 13th when the leaders began to wreck on lap 90. As drivers tried to avoid the incident, the M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota made contact with the No. 22 and suffered heavy damage to the nose and right-front fender. Busch pitted three times under caution for repairs and returned to the track in 31st, still on the lead lap.
●The Las Vegas Native finished the second stage in 29th and was the first car one lap down. Back on the lead lap, the team made a pit stop under caution to work on the splitter and damage to the nose before beginning the final stage in the 26th position.
● A multicar wreck on lap 169 allowed Busch to make another stop under caution to continue work on the M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota. He restarted 20th and was running 18th when the No. 51 spun in front of him on lap 188, causing Busch to spin toward the infield. He pitted for fresh tires and rejoined the field one lap down.
● After a series of additional cautions, the two-time Cup Series champion was awarded the lucky dog on lap 252 and returned to the lead lap. The race returned to green with three laps to go, with Busch bringing home a top-20 result.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“We had a decent M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Camry. Those guys started wrecking in front of us and had nowhere to go. We had some pretty big damage and we made a lot of pit stops and the guys did a good job of trying to get our car the best it could. We just had too much damage to keep pace with the leaders.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Ambetter 301 on Sunday, July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.