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Kyle Busch calls race package at Dover ‘terrible’

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 - Practice

DOVER, DE - MAY 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, talks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Pedigree Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 4, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch said the package NASCAR had teams use this weekend at Dover International Speedway was “terrible.”

Busch made his comments after placing 10th Monday.

Winner Martin Truex Jr. and runner-up Alex Bowman each had to come from the rear of the field after multiple inspection failures before the race, but that mattered little to Busch.

“It’s terrible,” Busch said, according to reporter Davey Segal. “All I can do is bitch about it and fall on deaf ears and we’ll come back with the same thing in the fall.”

Car owner Bob Leavine tweeted: “Let me second @KyleBusch statement, this package sucks. Has nothing to do with where he finished.”

NASCAR used the package with 750 horsepower and more downforce this weekend at Dover, and it led to faster speeds.

Kevin Harvick stated during the weekend that speeds in the center of the corner were 17 mph faster than last year.

Busch stated Friday that the speeds were “probably too fast. The faster we tend to go in the middle of the corners doesn’t always produce the best racing.”

Not all drivers agreed with him about speeds being too fast. Chase Elliott said Friday: “You’re paid to go fast so let’s go fast, I guess.”

But some drivers acknowledged that the higher speeds could make passing more difficult in the race.

“It was definitely really hard to pass,” Truex said after his second victory of the season. “There’s no question about that. I got stuck behind lapped cars multiple times. If you were running the bottom and they were running a lane up, you were good. If they decided just to cut to the bottom in front of you and shut your air off, you about drive into the fence off the corner. It’s tough.

“But at the end of the day we had to deal with the same thing. Obviously we dealt with it better than everybody else, which coming into the weekend that was our goal. We know it is going to be tough. Starting in the back is going to suck but that’s what we’ve got to deal with it, so how do we deal with it the best that we can? That was how we set up for the race.”

Truex said his opinion on the package means little.

“At the end of the day it’s all about the fans and what do they think?” Truex said. “Was the race good? I don’t know. I thought it looked pretty good. What do the fans think? What does NASCAR think? What do the owners think? They’re the three people that make all the decisions. We just drive them. We’ll see where it goes from here.”