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Kyle Busch internalizes his driving style as he faces elimination from NASCAR playoffs
Another crash has Kyle Busch last in the playoff standings and in danger of elimination Sunday on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Another crash has Kyle Busch last in the playoff standings and in danger of elimination Sunday on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch doesn't need a win to guarantee he advances into the round of eight, but it's his only guaranteed path. Four drivers will be cut after the race on the hybrid road course/oval, and, short of a victory, Busch will need significant help from other playoff drivers to advance.
He will start fifth Sunday but he's below the cutline in 12th in the standings. He trails Tyler Reddick, Bubba Wallace and Ross Chastain. Reddick, at ninth in the standings, won the pole in Saturday qualifying and trails Brad Keselowski by just two points for the eighth and final spot. William Byron and Ryan Blaney have both already advanced based on wins in the first two races of the round of 12.
After crashing in the opening race of this round at Texas, Busch said he had to “fix” his driving style to better adapt to NASCAR's second-year Next Gen car, and he called the rash of crashes and spins he's been involved in all season “stupid.”