Kyle Busch’s seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of 2014 could only do so much to ease the pain.
After winning last night at Texas Motor Speedway in the Trucks, Busch revealed that he’s still saddened over his elimination from the Chase for the Sprint Cup two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway.
And whether you like him or not, you can’t blame him for being deflated.
Busch has had to deal with a reputation for fading during NASCAR’s post-season stretch, but he entered ‘Dega on the strength of five consecutive Top-10 finishes.
Then, in the Contender Round finale, he was collected in a crash after the midway point and finished 40th – which caused him to fail to make the ongoing Eliminator Round by seven points.
Going into ‘Dega, he was above the cutoff by a sizable margin of 26 points.
“Nothing softens the disappointment,” Busch said to reporters last night after his victory in the Winstar World Casino and Resort 350. “It’s disheartening, it’s heartbreaking.
“You pour every single season into the Chase, and to get eliminated the way we did is very unfortunate. There’s no other way to put it, quite frankly.”
Even more galling for Busch was the fact that he was riding along at the back of the field in order to avoid such an accident. But when the mayhem ensued ahead of him on the ‘Dega backstretch, Busch was hit from behind by Austin Dillon and sent careening into the inside wall.
“Being back where I was, kind of minding my own business and trying to be away from all that, I was the only Chase guy (that) crashed,” he said about his strategy. “Whether I came down or not, I don’t know how you don’t see me in front of you and miss me from behind. But it is what it is.”
Busch was in the middle of putting together perhaps his best string of results ever in the Chase. But once again, he was bitten by bad luck – something that he appears to have gotten used to around this time of year.
“That seems to be my every single year, so mark it down as Talladega or Martinsville or Kansas where I tend to get crashed in the Chase and knock ourselves out,” he said. “I guess until they get rid of those racetracks in the final 10, I’m doomed.”