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It's the pits: Crew swap backfires for Ky. Busch

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. -- A pit-crew change for Kyle Busch did not work out as expected for Joe Gibbs Racing in the opening race of the NASCAR Cup playoffs.

After winning the opening stage and leading 85 of the first 87 laps Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, Busch lost two laps when he had to pit for a loose wheel and then come down pit road again when he was penalized for the gas man being over the wall too soon.

His 15th-place finish should not hurt him too much in advancing to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, as he dropped from third to fifth in the standings and still has a 35-point cushion on 13th, the current elimination cutoff with two races left in the opening round.

JGR decided to have the pit crew of Daniel Suarez, who did not make the playoffs, pit Busch's car starting this weekend. Suarez got Busch's crew for the rest of the year.

"We all made this decision," said Busch, who finished one lap down. "We are all in it together. I have got to talk to Joe [Gibbs] and figure out what we are going to do. ... You have got to move on. There's nothing we can do right now."

The penalty for having a crewman over the wall too soon was especially frustrating, considering the gas man was not even filling up the car with gas but just had gone over the wall prior to the stop.

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