during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 30, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Playoff driver on the brink of elimination hit with a penalty at the worst time

Kurt Busch needed a great showing Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway to advance to the Round of 12, but so far the race hasn't gone his way.

Busch was 15th in the points entering the race ahead of only Kasey Kahne, and he needed to have a better race than Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, and Kahne to have a chance. Instead, Busch was hit with a pit road penalty in the final stage of the race with less than 65 laps to go, which will be very difficult to overcome.

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Busch was running 17th heading into the final stage, so the penalty was the last thing he needed.

He has a little time to make up some ground, but the pressure is mounting on all the drivers on the brink of elimination.