KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch, for one, could not wait to hear the iconic movie line, "you're not in Kansas anymore.''
His three-day trip to the Heartland was arguably the most frustrating race weekend of the season for Busch, who ultimately wrecked out of Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. He ended the night with a 38th-place finish, dropping him five positions in the standings to seventh place, 54 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
When he climbed out of his damaged No. 18 M&M's Toyota he had few words for reporters, instead making a beeline for his motorcoach, more than ready to put the Kansas landscape far behind.
On lap 103 of the 267-lap race, Busch crashed hard into the Turn 4 wall and then as his car slid down the banking made heavy contact with Joey Logano's Ford as it tried evasive action on the track apron.
When Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing crew ask him if he was OK, Busch radioed back sarcastically, "Oh yeah, Kansas, right.''
"I watched the 18 (Busch) and he was spinning out, and I saw it the whole time,'' Logano said. "It looked like he was going to stay up there (on the track) because he kind of slapped the wall with the right side after he hit it the first time, so I'm like, 'All right, I'm gonna gun it and get by him here.' And as soon as I committed to that, I saw him start coming back down.
"At that point, you're just lined up to him, and I hit him a ton. I'm fine. It's just unfortunate for the AAA guys, they deserve better than that. We're not going to gain many points this weekend.''
The 1.5-mile super-smooth, high-speed Kansas oval is the only Cup track on the schedule that Busch doesn't have a top-5 finish. He didn't even finish at all this weekend.
He crashed in Friday's opening Sprint Cup practice and was in a backup car for Sunday's race. On Saturday, he brought out the first caution in the Camping World Truck Series race after a solo spin, then crashed out of the race on Lap 90, colliding with German Quiroga.
Similarly, Busch brought out the first caution in Sunday's race, spinning around by himself on the backstretch only five laps into the event.
The DNF will mean a substantial hit in the points standings for Busch, who is coming off one of his best showings of the season -- a Nationwide and Cup series sweep at Texas Motor Speedway last week. He is one of only two two-time winners this season and was ranked third in the Cup championship standings coming to Kansas.
"Spun twice on our own; just don't know what to do with Kansas," Busch said. "(Early in race) Running third doing fine, car a little tight and you spin out. Don't know what to do with that and then we're back in traffic all day.
"Traffic is way worse. Just trying to get back up to the front and making some gains, but car just snaps out from you every corner."
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