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Late race contact prevents Kyle Busch from setting top-10 record

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KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 10: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota, stands in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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In a season where so much has gone his way, Kyle Busch fell short of setting a significant record in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Busch came into the race having amassed 11 consecutive top 10 finishes to start a season – tying him with Morgan Shepherd, who originally set the record in 1990.

However Busch’s chances of setting the record ended after contact 20 laps from the scheduled finish with Erik Jones. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate pinched Busch’s car into the right side of Clint Bowyer’s car, cutting a tire on Busch’s Toyota. That forced Busch to come to pit road for new tires. He returned to pit road a few laps later for another stop for an undisclosed situation.

End result: Busch finished a season-low 30th.

Busch also lost the lead in the Cup standings, as 15th-place finisher Joey Logano takes the No. 1 spot by nine points over Busch.

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