Chase hopes end in disaster for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the championship has never been kind to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch.  After a career best fifth place finish in 2007, Busch has suffered Chase finishes that were less than memorable.

A bad Chase finish won’t be an issue for Busch this season. As happened in 2009, Busch missed the Chase seeding and won’t be a part of this year’s run for the championship.

Busch came into the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in the 12th and final Wild Card spot for the Chase.  Having won three of the last six races at Richmond, it seemed to be a near given that Busch would be able to clinch a spot in the Chase.  As the rain delayed race got underway, Busch seemed in a comfortable position while his nearest rival for the Wild Card spot, Jeff Gordon, was struggling. MORE>>>

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