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Kyle Busch finishes ninth at Richmond: ‘We were kind of lost’

Kyle Busch admits he was a little lost at Richmond and knows he has to do better to try and beat Martin Truex Jr. and the 78 in the championship.

After winning Stage 1 of the Cup regular-season finale, Kyle Busch didn’t have much of a say in the outcome of the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Busch, who enters the playoffs third in points, finished ninth in Saturday’s race at Richmond Raceway. That was after leading 38 laps early.

“We were kind of lost,” Busch told NBCSN. “Overall we were going to end up sixth. ... That shows how fast our cars were for as bad of a night as we were going to have. Got that last yellow. That just mixed everything up, threw us all for a loop. We just didn’t get the best of restarts, got plugged up on the top. Couldn’t get going anywhere. We struggled into a ninth.”

Busch trails Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson in the standings ahead of the postseason opener next week at Chicagoland Speedway. He won twice this year (Pocono II and Bristol II) and has 11 stage wins.

“Overall, real proud of our team,” Busch said. “We’ve been real fast all year-long. Arguably the 78 (Truex) ‑‑ not arguably. The 78 has been the best car all year-long. Then arguably it’s Kyle (Larson) or myself for P2 depending on the week. Fourth on back, it’s pretty much everybody else.

“Hopefully we can keep it that way through these next nine weeks and make it to the last one at Homestead.”

Watch the video for the full interview.