Kurt Busch felt he and teammate Kevin Harvick should have been able to score the win at Talladega Superspeedway.
Harvick sat second behind Joey Logano with Busch third as the laps wound down in the GEICO 500. Busch was ready and willing to follow Harvick wherever he would go and when he made a move.
At restrictor-plate tracks though, plans can quickly go out the window.
“[Ricky] Stenhouse came with such a run from behind, I knew at that point [Chase Elliott] would shove to the inside, then it would be the 17 and the 41 to the outside,” Busch explained. “It happened for half a straightaway then things kind of broke apart with everybody getting stuck side-by-side.”
Busch wound up second at the finish and Harvick dropped to fourth. Logano was first to the checkered flag. If he had to do it all over again, Busch said he would have managed Stenhouse’s run better.
“Because when we stayed single file, the 22 [Logano], the 4 [Harvick] and the 41, we could lay down some good lap times and the others couldn’t quite catch us,” Busch said.
Stenhouse was the defending race winner and winner of the July race at Daytona. Busch thought Stenhouse was going to be the car to beat, but after Stenhouse got to Busch’s rear bumper and pushed him past Harvick, Stenhouse disappeared.
“Everybody from Chase and Stenhouse, everybody is back there three-wide ripping and gouging, trying to go hard. It takes two cars to try to break through the leader,” Busch said. “I’m happy a Ford won. It wasn’t the right one.
“Kevin was in good position, I was going to roll with him in any direction that I could. We just got broken up by Stenhouse. Man, it’s just so close. You wish you could go over and do it again. I feel like I left that one out on the table.”