Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion, Kurt Busch has seen better days than last Saturday, when the Roush Yates engine in his stock car blew with just two laps to go in the Monster Energy NASCAR Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The expired motor deposited oil over the track, prompting nearly every driver to pit and change tires before the race went into overtime. Only race leader Martin Truex Jr. didn’t change tires, remaining on-track to protect his lead.
The Toyota driver went on to win the race, having held the lead for an impressive 152 laps.
The NASCAR Quaker State 400 ended up being a bit of a disappointment for Ford all across the board, with no Blue Oval drivers placing among the top six finishers; Chevrolet filled out the remainder of the podium after Truex, and positions four, five, and six were all claimed by Toyota. Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford Fusion) and Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford) were both taken out of the race by accidents early in Stage 2, with Keselowski’s crash also taking out seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet.
“I just wrecked it,” Keselowski said after the accident. “It stinks. I got loose into [Turn 3]… I was trying to lay up and give [Clint Bowyer’s Ford] room but just spun out as soon as I got anywhere near the corner. I wrecked myself and a bunch of other guys. It’s part of it I guess, but not a part that you have to like.”
Bowyer managed to get back out on track after the crash, eventually finishing thirteenth.
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup calendar is the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 16th.