Kyle Busch finishes P3 at Kansas
Date: May 15, 2022
Event: AdventHealth 400 (Round 13 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/85 laps/102 laps)
Start/Finish: 6th/3rd (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 3rd (417 points, 58 behind leader)
Race Winner: Kurt Busch of 23XI Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kurt Busch of 23XI Racing (Toyota)
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry, finished third in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 from Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
● Busch qualified sixth, but quickly moved up into the top-five at the drop of the green flag.
● The two-time Cup Series champion moved up to second by lap 41 and he fell into line behind pole sitter and JGR teammate Christopher Bell.
●The M&M’S Crunchy Cookie driver came down pit road on 64 to take on four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment, as he restarted fifth behind three cars who elected to stay out and one car that took two tires.
● Busch made quick work of the four drivers ahead of his on the lap 67 restart, taking the lead on lap 68 and staying out ahead of the field to win Stage 1, earning 10 points and a playoff point in the stage.
● The Las Vegas native came down pit road on lap 83 following the stage to take on four tires. However, Busch got into his pit box too close to the wall, as the M&M’S Crunchy Cookie over-the-wall team was too tight to make a fast stop because of the position of the car, causing Busch to restart seventh to start Stage 2.
● Busch settled into the fifth spot as the laps clicked off early in Stage 2.
● The M&M’S Crunchy Cookie driver moved up to second behind brother Kurt Busch until the caution waved and the field came to pit road on lap 168. But on that stop, Busch was sent to the rear of the field for speeding on pit road, as he was forced to restart in 24th on lap 175.
● Busch made quite the charge following the penalty, as he worked his way into the top-15 by lap 183 and into the top-10 by lap 196. ● The M&M’S Crunchy Cookie driver made his way up to the runner-up spot behind brother Kurt with 50 laps to go.
● As the laps wound down, a caution waved for fluid on the track and Busch came down pit road on lap 231 to take on four tires, with the No. 18 crew got Busch off pit road in the lead.
● On the ensuing restart, Kyle Larson got by Kyle Busch and then Kurt Busch did as well, as Kyle Busch did not have enough to challenge the top-two finishers as Kyle Busch brough ome the M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Camry a solid third.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“We were in control on that final restart and you want to win the race in that instance, and I felt like our M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry was good enough to do so, but (Kyle) Larson did a good job getting in my left rear in the right spot to drag me back going down the backstretch and I couldn’t retaliate to side draft going into (turn) three, so he beat us right there. Once he got clear it was over. We had a strong Camry. Thanks again to M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, Dewalt, Stanley, Rowdy Energy, everybody that supports us.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the non-points NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, May 22, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 6 p.m. with the undercard NASCAR All-Star Open.