Kyle Busch has an awful Sunday — in the pits.
First, the lost two laps when he had to enter the pit for a loose wheel. Then, he was penalized when his gas man came over the wall too soon — even though he didn’t need gas.
All of this came after Joe Gibbs Racing made the decision to swap pit crews for this race — Busch worked with teammate Daniel Suarez’s crew — and it was a disaster, showing the perils of trying to integrate a new crew so close to a major race.
Busch crew chief Adam Stevens offered a succinct assessment of the Chicagoland performance, when he told ESPN:
“It was piss-poor execution all-around.When you make back-to-back mistakes, it’s tough to recover from. … It was a company decision to make the change that we made, and I wouldn’t expect that to change.
“I’m confident we made the right one. It’s just a bad day.”
Busch said the team has to move on.
“We’re all in it together. I’ve got to talk to Joe [Gibbs] and figure out what we’re going to do. … You’ve got to move on. There’s nothing we can do right now.”
Busch finished 15th, but is still in good shape to make the quarterfinals.