Kyle Busch settles for runner-up finish at Atlanta

NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

HAMPTON, GEORGIA – JUNE 07: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Fudge Brownie Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After starting first in the final stage of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch had to settle for a runner-up finishing position to Kevin Harvick.

Busch, who started 4th on Sunday, slipped back to third on the restart to start the third stage, and settled into that position for the next portion of the race. With Harvick out of reach, Busch caught and passed teammate Martin Truex Jr. with less than 10 laps to go as he sealed a solid runner-up finish.

“That last run, I was trying to keep up with those front guys and as soon as I felt like I was pushing too hard and they were inching out on me,” Busch said. “I just gave up and decided just to run and try to make sure I didn’t slip a tire and do the best I could without pushing anything too hard. Was able to get Martin (Truex Jr.) at least there at the end.”

The second-place finish at Atlanta was Busch’s sixth top-five result of 2020, and it also serves as his sixth top-five and ninth top-10 finish at Atlanta in 22 career starts.

“Our Fudge Brownie M&M’s Camry was pretty decent,” Busch said. “We had good speed, you just couldn’t really push too hard. Every time I pushed too hard, it would really hurt my tires in the long run. I think that was for everybody.

“Can’t say enough about all my guys – Adam Stevens (crew chief) and everybody, they’re doing a really good job. We’re working hard and trying to get it all better.”

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on Wednesday, June 10 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The race starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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