Kyle Bush Wins First Race of the Season/ Crew Chief Faces Fines
End of July, middle of the summer, and to no surprise; things are heating up on and off the track in NASCAR racing. And when you are talking about racing, Kyle Busch is always in the middle of the action. This week is no different.
Sunday’s Race at Pocono was both good and bad for the number 18 Joe Gibb’s Racing team. Bush ended a 36 race win-less streak with a win and earned a spot in the playoffs. With the victory also comes a $10,000 fine from NASCAR for a loose lug nut on the no. 18 car. Crew Chief Adam Stevens is expected to be ticketed on Wednesday for a loose lug nut which carries a fine of $10,000 under NASCAR rule book guidelines.
This isn’t the first time this year a loose lug nut has been found on Bush’s race machine and the fine comes just a week after Stevens was involved in a heated exchange with Martin Truex Jr.’s crew members leading to suspensions on the No. 78 team. It is also the second time this month that a loose lug nut has been found on Buch’s car.
Joe Gibb’s has already suspended crew members for the incident involving Martin Truex’s team and now the team is in even more hot water. I guess a $10,000 ticket is an easy trade for a trip to the playoffs.
Busch used pit strategy and a fast car to chase down and pass leaders Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick with 17 laps remaining, then outran the field by a six-second margin to win his first race of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series season and first victory in over a year.
“Never thought this day would happen,” Busch said. “We had such an awesome race car. We’ve been fighting all year but something always seemed to go wrong — just wasn’t sure why or what was next. “It’s been a frustrating year, but this certainly relieves a little bit of that — I wouldn’t say all of that.”
Well, if Kyle Busch can keep his race car intact and avoid being suspended, he and his team may be able to capture a second championship in three years.