Kyle Busch’s Engine Causes an Early Exit at Michiganby Kyle Pokrefky June 12, 2016 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Busch’s quest for his fourth win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season literally went up in smoke in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Busch was running in the top-10 in the early goings of Sunday’s race, yet started to encounter engine issues roughly 20 laps into the event.
Shortly after the race went back to green following a Lap 47 caution, Busch immediately pulled his car to the top of race track and started to slow. Shortly after that, Busch’s No. 18 M&M’s Toyota began to smoke heavily with traces of a fire appearing underneath the car.
With that, the August 2011 Michigan winner immediately pulled into his garage stall and exited his vehicle – retired for the day.
The defending Sprint Cup champion will be scored with a 40th-place finish exiting the Irish Hills of Michigan.
“At least I had a 30-minute warning that it was coming,” Busch said. “It was shaking really bad and going south for awhile. It was building its own […] It’s just unfortunate – not just today, but the last four races have been really, really bad.
“It’s a good thing we started the season as good as we did. We had a lot of top-fives and we had three wins, so we’ve got a good start and a good foundation. We’ve got to get this turned around and in the right direction and get ourselves back to where we feel we need to be finishing-wise.”
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