Kyle Busch is in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and is attempting to score his third-career NASCAR Cup Series championship. But if Busch is going to rally to win the title, he’ll likely need a win in the Round of 16 of the Playoffs after a crash on lap 126 ended his night early in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The incident was sparked after Busch made contact with Austin Dillon, which sent the No. 18 car sliding hard into the wall.
But after exiting the infield care center, Busch said the fault for his night was not on Dillon, rather it was on his team for bringing a car that wasn’t very good.
“Wasn’t [Austin Dillon]’s fault,” Busch lamented. “Just take our lumps. We’re running like shit and we got wrecked. So, that’s what you get when you run like shit. Just shouldn’t be there. I don’t know what our problem is.”
Busch then tore into the simulator program that Toyota uses, as he states every time he’s had a good sim session, it’s resulted in bad performances on the real-world track.
“Every time I go to sim and use sim and think we have a good sim session, we go to the racetrack and we suck,” Busch explained. “So, I’m done with that. We’ll have to use some other tools on figuring out how to be good. The M&M’s Camry wasn’t good and we got wrecked. It wasn’t the three’s fault.”
When asked if he feels solace in the fact that he has some really good racetracks historically, for him coming up, Busch didn’t really care.
“Who cares? We get what we get,” Busch said.
Here is the post-infield care center interview with Busch:
"That's what you get when you run like $&#%."
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 6, 2021
Busch came into Sunday’s race — the first of the three-race Round of 16 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs — fourth in the championship standings. However, after finishing 35th in the 37-car field, his Playoff standing is expected to dip quite a bit by the end of the Cook Out Southern 500.