The dream season is going out like a nightmare for Kurt Busch and Furniture Row Racing. The single car team and former champion were able to work their way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup by hard work and determination.
Through three races of the Chase, they sit 9th, 55 points out of first place. Pit road miscues hinder Busch during the regular season and now in the Chase they might have done him in.
“A loose wheel did us in,” said Busch after the completion of the AAA 400 from the Dover International Speedway. “We were way off at the start, but after the first pit stop we made some good changes to the car and started to make a move. But once again we had an issue with a loose wheel and that put us a couple of laps down. And with the lack of cautions we couldn’t make it up.”
It figured that once Busch came in to change the loose wheel the caution came out almost immediately. A pattern that disturbed Busch as heard over his radio. He questioned the team’s preparations as this was the second time this season a loose wheel had happened.
He was calmed down by crew chief Todd Berrier, but the damage was already done. They were able to get a lap back of the three they lost via the wave around. Busch ended up losing that third lap again before the close of the race.
Down they are, but Busch and his team won’t give up on their dream.
“Nothing went our way today. This is the Chase and you can’t afford to have these problems. We need to regroup and get it together for Kansas next week,” commented Busch.
The Hollywood Casino 400 is next up from the Kansas Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series. The action gets underway Sunday, October 6th, at 2:00 PM EST and can be seen live on ESPN.