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Kyle Busch frustrated despite Top-5 finish

Oct 13, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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With the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup now down to its final five races after last night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch knows that time is running out.

Busch finished fifth in the race, but was unable to gain ground in the points standings; in fact, he lost two more points to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth (who finished third) and now sits 37 points behind him in fifth place. And after crashing out at Kansas Speedway last weekend, Busch knows that finishing behind his main rivals in the championship won’t do anymore.

“We should be happy about [a Top-5], but when it’s championship time, that’s not what you need – we need wins and we can’t win,” Busch said. “…We’re not good enough. It’s frustrating, man. I’m beating myself up every week trying to figure out what I got to do to be better, and I don’t know what it is. I work hard through practice. I work hard through the week. I study film. I do everything I need to do — but it’s not paying off.

“We probably would have run third tonight without that last caution [with 28 laps to go]. We would have made up some points on some guys. Instead, we got beat by all the guys that we’re racing essentially…We need to win races and we’re not capable of doing that right now.”

Busch got into early trouble during his first pit stop of the night under yellow. A miscue by his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team forced Busch to make a second stop and tossed him all the way to the rear of the field.

Undeterred, Busch roared back to the front and cracked the Top 5 before the midway mark. He was able to stay up in the lead pack for the remainder of the night despite apparent engine woes in the final laps; Busch thought at one point that the engine might be blowing up, but the team eventually figured the issue was due to burning too much fuel.

In any other situation, a Top-5 would be considered a good night, especially after Busch was able to cut through the field and get in contention again. But in the thick of a championship fight, “Rowdy” wanted – and needed – more.

“They say you need Top-5s to win a championship, but when you’re getting beat by the guys in front of you, then we’re just not good enough – flat-out,” he said. “I don’t know what to do to be better.

“It’s frustrating, but you know, I should be happy with a fifth, but we’re not. I’m not.”

  1. queenofsummit - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    The only thing that Kyle needs is a owner that wants him to win the championship not just pretend like they do and a real crew chief because Dave Rodgers does NOT fit that description he only plays at it because I ‘ve never seen a crew chief that stupid.

  2. trikerv - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Kyle needs to stop whinnig while he’s driving, such as stop swearing about Danica, stating that “She only becomes a F’ racing driver when I’m around” well if Kyle was a better driver & focused he’d be able to pass her! Bad Karma Kyle by crashing others and cursing out others that are focuing on their own driving. Kyle can be a better driver than that JJ he just needs to focus on his own space and do his own thing!

  3. speedex1939 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Kyle Bush is a whining little boy that will never win a championship.

    • snagapuss698888 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      u can say that again .tellu this if I had the money to buy a ca and keep it running 18 would end a race no metter want it would cost if I had it I put him in the wall s soon as I got close to him. jrowes him 3 wipe outs and kevin owes him him 5 wipeouts. I know if dale sr was still here he would take care of him and put him in his place in the wall or inflied where he belongs u all hv a great sfe day

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