Kyle Busch was gifted track position early and made the most of it, but simply didn’t have enough car to win the Money in the Bank 150 on Monday night at Berlin Raceway.
His third-place finish was about where he expected to be.
Busch qualified sixth but was awarded the pole when fastest qualifier Bubba Pollard ‘rolled a six’ in the pre-race inversion. That meant the fastest six qualifiers would be flipped before taking the green flag.
Armed with initial track position, Busch led the first 115 laps before Pollard wrangled the position from him. For the next 10 laps, Pollard, Busch and eventual winner Brain Campbell raced nose-to-tail without making contact once.
The race came down to a series of short restarts and Busch just didn’t have enough short run speed to chase down Campbell and Pollard.
Busch led the most laps, but not the most important ones.
“It wasn’t fast enough, but it was good,” Busch said on the Speed51.com broadcast after the race. “Our guys worked really hard and gave me a really fast Rowdy Manufacturing Toyota Camry and fought the same things we battled all day, and what we lacked, we didn’t have enough of.
“That’s why we got beat tonight… But my guys are awesome.”
Busch brought a new car to Berlin and was competitive out of the box, but doesn’t think the late restarts made a difference in where he finished.
“I look at it two ways,” Busch said. “If the race stays green, there’s a chance that Bubba and Brian get into each other and we’re in a good spot. On the other hand, with the cautions, there’s always a chance that anything could happen.
“Overall, I think we unloaded with about a third or fourth place car and that’s where we finished.”