Brooklyn, Michigan (AFP) – Kyle Bush’s Troubled Year Take another turn.
“If you look at that dark cloud over me lately, and then the other day, we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time often,” Bush said on Saturday.
When the shooting took place Thursday, Bush and his son Brixton were waiting in line to ride a rollercoaster while his wife, Samantha, and their daughter, Lennox, were shopping elsewhere in the nation’s largest shopping mall.
“It’s a hard process as an adult but it’s really hard as a parent to explain to your child what happened” Samantha wrote in an Instagram post.
No one was injured in the shooting, Bloomington Police Chief Booker T Hodges said, adding on Friday that the department was still searching for two people involved in the shooting.
However, the harrowing experience does not appear to give Bush a new perspective on his life and career. A two-time NASCR champ, he has no contract for next season and that appears to be his main concern.
“This is a performance-based business,” said Bush, who will start in third place at the FireKeepers 400 Casino on Sunday. So, fear is life or death if you get a job and you work and you make a living, or you’re at home taking in your step. next.
“I kind of thought, ‘Okay, what are my next steps? What do I do if I don’t keep racing? And I have no idea. I have no idea.”
Bush, the 2015 and 2019 NASCAR Champion and winner of 60 Career Cup races, has one win this year and ranks 11th in points.
Over the past seven races, Bosch has failed to finish in the top ten. That includes a 36th-place finish at Pocono two weeks ago after he and fellow racer Joe Gibbs Racing Denny Hamlin, who won the race, won the race. Not eligible because their Toyotas failed inspections.
“It’s a matter of luck,” Bush said, “and no one ever follows the 18th.”
Bubba Wallace won his first career place on Saturday, becoming the only driver to hit 190 mph in a next-generation car during qualifying this season. Wallace also gave 23XI Racing, formed by owner Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in 2020, her first pole.
Wallace said, “As fast as we have it, there’s no reason why we can’t go out and win.” The second black driver to win the Cup race 10 months ago at Talladega Superspeedway.
Four races remain in the regular season, creating a sense of urgency to qualify for the playoffs. This is true even for some drivers who have won the race.
NASCAR had 14 different cup winners this season, closing a playoff-era record of 16 players set last year. If a new flag is set and there are three new winners in the next four races, one driver with a victory will be eliminated from the 16-car qualifying with a tie-breaker on a points basis.
Chase Briscoe, who has one win and is number 12 in points, is confident his post-season bid is safe if there is no new MIS winner, although he would love to seal a spot on his own.
“Another win would be the easiest way to relieve the pressure by 100%,” said Briscoe, who will take 23rd place on the 37-car arena in Ford’s No. 14 Stuart Haas racing car.
Ford Extended Power
Chevrolet scored 13 victories, including four by points leader Chase Elliott, leaving Toyota (five) and Ford (four) searching for answers.
Ford hopes its past success on the track in its backyard will provide a much-needed boost.
The company has won seven consecutive Cup races, including last year with Ryan Blaney, on the two-mile oval about 50 miles west of its world headquarters in Motor City.
This season, though, Ford has gone two months without a win since Joey Lugano won his second race in 2022.
Lugano said he plans to compete aggressively.
“If it is not you who is making the move, then a step will be placed on you,” he said.
Possibilities and endings
Toyota has the top three starting positions, including Christopher Bell, who was second in qualifying. … Kevin Harvick hasn’t won since Sept. 19, 2020 but drives all active drivers with five wins in Michigan. … Kurt Busch is missing his third race in a row with concussion-like symptoms after his July 23 collision in qualifying at Pocono Raceway. Ty Gibbs fills his place in Toyota’s #45 in the 23XI race. …Austin Hill makes his Cup debut for Richard Childress Racing. … Kyle Busch is the favorite 6-1 for the win, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.