FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2013) - Kyle Busch went into the AAA Texas 500 tripleheader weekend eyeing another Texas sweep after winning both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 and Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 in April.
What Busch hoped to be a potentially rewarding and historic weekend quickly soured on Friday evening and the misfortune continued throughout. It began early in the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 when Busch got debris stuck on the grille of his No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota. He struggled with his engine overheating before it finally gave out on Lap 99, ending his night early and handing him a 28th-place finish.
Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge didn’t prove to be much better for Busch and his No. 54 Monster Energy NNS entry. Though he lasted longer than the evening prior, Busch got into an accident in Turn 4 on Lap 111. Busch’s crew would get the car back together and back on track, but ultimately finished 26th and four laps down.
The AAA Texas 500 was by far his most successful race of the weekend, but still underwhelming as more misfortune was around the next turn. On Lap 58, Busch got into his second solo accident of the weekend when he put his No. 18 Snickers Toyota in the wall in Turn 3. Busch would recover and get back in the top five, but a speeding penalty exiting pit road on Lap 301 doomed his chances. With only 33 laps remaining at that point, Busch salvaged a 13th-place finish.