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Car trouble sends Kyle Busch to garage early

August 03, 2014, Staff report,

'Rowdy' had finished runner-up in three of past four races

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Busch, the runner-up finisher in three of the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, will have to wait another week to continue his search for his second victory of the year after his No. 18 Toyota Camry went down with an engine issue less than 30 laps into Sunday's 400 at Pocono Raceway.


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"It's the piston," Busch said over his team radio. "I know what it is. You guys know what it is. ... Done." 

He was officially ruled out minutes later.

On Lap 23, Busch started losing speed and his car quickly filled with smoke. After a quick check of the engine on pit road, No. 18 crew chief Dave Rogers decided that their day was done, giving Busch a 42nd-place finish.

"...we were biding our time here early," Busch said of the team's strategy to pit under the first caution at Lap 10 when leader Joey Logano and second-place Kyle Larson stayed out. "We pitted early to get off sequence a little bit to see if we couldn't do something different than the leaders, and it just obviously bit us here.

"Something between the frame rails doesn't want to operate correctly right now and so it's unfortunate because I thought we had a good car this weekend. The car in practice was strong and it felt good...."

Busch looks forward to Watkins Glen International next week and the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN) where he won last August. A second victory -- to go with his win at Auto Club Speedway in March -- would clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"This whole M&M's Camry team deserves better days, and I guess today is not one of them," Busch said.


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