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Kyle Busch suffers engine woes…again

By admin | June 17, 2012

By Richard Allen


Midway through the Quicken Loans 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, the #18 car of Kyle Busch was pushed behind the wall and to the garage area with engine troubles. It was the third week in a row for that team to suffer such a fate.

One of the crew members radioed that, “The back cylinder on the right side(of the engine) is cold.” It was eventually diagnosed that the power plant had suffered a broken rocker arm. The offending part was replaced and Busch was able to return to the race, although many laps behind.

Busch was 8th in the Sprint Cup standings after the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte but engine woes in Dover, Pocono and Michigan resulted in finishes of 29th, 30th and 32nd. Consequently, Busch has fallen all the way down to 12th in the points rundown.

Because Busch has a win, he currently sits in one of the wildcard positions and would be eligible for the Chase for the Championship if he were to maintain his current standing. But, of course, being outside the top-10 brings about the risk of being surpassed by other drivers outside the top-10 in win totals or in the number of points among those with the same number of wins.

After a myriad of engine issues last season, Joe Gibbs Racing opted to use power plants provided by Toyota’s TRD facility in California rather than build their own in house. Busch and his crew might not be willing to acknowledge that was the best move at this time. However, the three failures suffered by this #18 team still ranks well below the pace of failures the organization was on last season.

But improvements in the numbers of blown engines are not good enough when failures occur in succession and result in three consecutive disastrous finishes and place a driver once thought of as a certain participant in the late season playoff on unsteady ground.

Worse for JGR on Sunday, all three of their cars experienced major problems. Joey Logano was involved in a crash while Denny Hamlin had his car erupt in flames after spinning and having sheet metal ripped away.

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7 Responses to “Kyle Busch suffers engine woes…again”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    June 17th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Maybe those trd’s are running too rich caused by the lack of oxygen density in the air from sucking only fumes running behind that hendrick horsepower?

  2. Tyler West Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    The TRD motors SUCK!!! Nobody beats Hendrick because he’s got the whole sport in his pocket. Screw him and all his drivers. Gibbs was better off doing their own motors.

  3. Jesse Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Toyota will spend another billion on a engine plant in Japan, because they don’t trust the american worker.

  4. mike Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    It might be an audition for Dodge? The trd’s at waltrip’s [under the hood] aren’t breaking as often? Or, if you believe Speed tv, they’re really great? They reported Busch “threw a rod” & later returned?? That’s one strong engine, or the remaining parts anyway?

  5. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    JGR needs a “come to Jesus meeting ” and out the devil from the engine room. But ever notice it only happens to shrub? Maybe he’s the devil??

  6. Dee Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    If you notice it seems that he has these failures after a green flag pit stop. Little shurb needs a driving leason. Maybe he needs to shift a little earlier instead of winding the thing out to the max. Just a thought.

  7. Offkilter Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Jesse, Let em spend that billion in japan… Meanwhile, in concord, north carolina there will be the continuation of engine building with horsepower and durability that powers champions and on the valve covers is the stamp of the chevrolet bowtie and the name hendrick. God bless America