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Thursday, February 2, 2023

From Bummer to Baby, Kyle Bush moves to Kansas on a high note

Kansas City, Kan. ( Associated Press) — Kyle Busch chased away from his battered car in controversial fashion in Darlington last weekend after his once-promising run in a NASCAR throwback race was sent spinning by Brad Keselowski’s blown-out front tire. ended in despair.

It didn’t take long for Bush’s week to get a whole lot better.

Two days later, Busch and his wife, Samantha, welcomed their daughter into the world after spending years dealing with infertility. Lenix Key was born by surrogate, making his soon-to-be 7-year-old son Braxton an older brother, and keeping everything else in proper perspective – as if Bush needed any help in that regard. .

“There is a personal life and a racing life, a personal life and a career, however you want to interpret it,” Bush explained Saturday at Kansas Speedway, “and I try to separate them and separate them as much as I can. I try.”

His rollercoaster week could certainly end on a high Sunday, given his recent performance in Kansas.

What was once a heart-breaking one-and-a-half mile, where Bush’s chances of crashing into practice as he reached the finish line in one piece, has become one of his favorite spots. He has scored 11 top-10 finishes and two victories in his last 14 trips to Kansas, and is the defending winner of last year’s regular season race west of Kansas City.

It’s hard to believe that Bush was once out there three straight races.

“Even before we won last time, we had some pretty strong runs,” Bush said. “We finished in the top five, I think, five races in a row, and we’ve been in the top 10 as well, so this is a place where we really picked it up, and now we have two wins. It looks like Was that we have got the setup or hold of that place.”

In other words, it’s a good place to go after Darlington, where Bush led 18 laps and was near the front for most of the day.

Then came the moment when Keslowski blew his tire and hit the wall, collecting Bush in the rubble, and so badly damaged his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car that he had to limp down the pothole. Instead of taking it to the garage, however, Bush parked it and walked away, forcing NASCAR to close the pit road until it could be moved.

Bush later said that he didn’t think it mattered, and that he couldn’t go into the garage anyway. But the move was nonetheless criticized by NASCAR analyst Clint Boyer and others for its immature nature.

Also, things on the track have been good for Bush lately. He won a month earlier on the dirt of Bristol to take a playoff spot, finishing third at Talladega and leading the most laps at Dover a few weeks earlier.

Things have also been good on the domestic front, where Bush has long been learning to father two children.

“It has been great. I am really grateful for all the blessings we have received over the years, struggling and trying to get to where we are today,” he said. It’s really worthwhile to be able to welcome in. Lenix is ​​doing well. Mom is adjusting and doing well. Working on that man-to-man coverage with the kids. I’m sure as she goes It will be big, it will change but till now I am enjoying every moment of it.”

odds and ends

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Kyle Larson is the 6-1 betting favorite for Sunday’s raceOn his way to a Cup Series championship, after winning in Kansas in October. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott along with Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Chase Elliott are 7-1 while Ross Chastain is 8-1 to win for the third time this season.

new car, old results

Hendricks Motorsports will try to make it 3 for 3 in a Next Gen car on a one and a half mile track this weekend. Alex Bowman won in Las Vegas earlier this season while William Byrne won in Atlanta.

hard time

Last week’s winner Joey Logano in Darlington crashed at the end of Saturday’s practice. The wreck occurred when Logano’s car head was removed and he lost his pit selection to two unsuccessful inspections.

happy time

Kevin Harvick, who finished fourth at Darlington, hopes to surpass his Kansas dominance in his first win since Bristol on September 19, 2020. He has finished second in two of his last three races on the track, and has scored four consecutive top-5 runs. , while his three wins in Kansas are tied with Hamlin, Logano, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon the most in history.

win and in

Logano became the 10th driver through the first 12 races to win one of 16 playoff spots when he walloped William Byrne on the final lap to win last weekend. That means pressure is mounting for Harvick, Tyler Reddick and anyone else without a win at the halfway point of the regular season.

Austin Dillon said, “I think that’s what NASCAR has done with this playoff system—that wins matter a lot and you do what comes down to it.” “I think everyone’s organizations would be upset if they didn’t.”


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