Kyle Busch Crashes Out Early at New Hampshire

It seems that if it weren’t for bad luck there’d be no luck at all for Kyle Busch.

The reigning NASCAR Cup champion came into New Hampshire with a 20-race losing streak with just six races remaining in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season.

After starting fifth Sunday, Busch scraped the wall off Turn 2 in the early going and shortly after on Lap 16, a cut tire on the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota sent Busch hard into the outside wall at the entrance of Turn 3.

“Just going down the backstretch there and about halfway down the backstretch I felt it go flat and tried to get slowed down enough without taking everybody else running over me behind me down the straightaway,” Busch said.

Busch drove the car back to the garage area but was forced to retire from the 301-lap race after the contact left the car with heavy damage to the right side. He will be scored in 38th place — the last car in the field.

In the last seven races before Sunday, Busch has a DNF and four finishes outside the top 10, including three outside the top 20.

“The fight that we‘ve been having this year seems to be continuing,” Busch said. “It‘s still 2020, but sooner or later we have to turn this stuff around.”

Greg Engle