Kyle Bush is getting used to holding up the lobsters and this year he is doing so after capitalizing on the misfortunes of others.
Bush picked up the win in the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after dominating the final half of the race and avoiding a wreck thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of skill.
“Getting through that smoke was the defining moment of the race for sure,” Busch said. “And we’ve got a good pit crew and they did everything right today. Today was a good catch-up moment for us.”
Busch beat Chevrolet’s Kyle Larson for his third career win at New Hampshire and 41st overall.
“This is what it’s all about, you know?” Busch said. “We’re supposed to do these things and it feels even better when we can do those things and, you know, we’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities I feel like this year, but today we were able to execute all day long.
“We were able to get the things that we needed done done.”
The race saw a wreck that started on Lap 149 when Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick tangled eventually sending Harvick into a tire-smoking spin.
“It’s tough when you’re running where we were,” Kurt Busch said. “We were just trying to limp it to the end of Stage 2 and I heard, ‘Car spinning off of two’ in my ear. I saw smoke up ahead. A lot of times they’ll come back up, and I tried to leave the high side or the low side and then, boom, as soon as the smoke cleared I’m looking at Harvick’s door, my teammate.
“We’re both running for the playoffs and it’s a shame that the handling is off and we’re both running where we were, but we were still going to fight all the way to the end, but now we don’t have a chance. I cannot understand the bad luck that we’re having.”