The dejection poured out of Kurt Busch after he crashed in the Pennzoil 400 Sunday at his home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver had been running well when the No.41 Ford got away from him off Turn 4 on Lap 184. Busch also collected Chase Elliott, and the race was over for both. Busch will have to try again in September to capture that elusive Vegas win.
“I was running the low groove, and it just stepped out on me,” Busch said. “I wasn’t even trying to fill the hole or go 100 percent. I had it at 90 percent, and I knew Chase was going to be on my outside, and it was just that quick. We were back there in the dirty air, but Turn 4, I always know it’s slick, and I wasn’t even pushing through there, and it stepped out on me.
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“Ruined his day, ruined my day. I hate it for all the Chase Elliott fans and the Kurt Busch fans and my hometown fans. I wasn’t even pushing hard. I knew we had one more stop and then we were going to go. It just stepped out on me. It’s ridiculous.”
Here’s the good news – Busch did leave Las Vegas with a smile on his face.
Late Sunday night Busch posted a video on Twitter that his wife, Ashley, had recorded. In it, Busch still looks clearly upset and says he wants to go take a shower as Ashley tries to coax him back outside for a surprise.
Out there was a Ford GT. Check out how quickly Busch’s mood improved.
Not the result I had in mind. Can not believe I wrecked. I let everybody down and in the process, ruined @chaseelliott day. Then this happened… S/O to #FelixSabatesFordCharlotte thank you! And my love @MrsAshleyBusch for the surprise! pic.twitter.com/DK5IpilJHs
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) March 5, 2018