Kyle Busch acknowledged that his crash in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 – and resulting 32nd-place finish – was a product of "driving over my head" when he found himself trapped in traffic after a pit stop with roughly 90 laps to go.
"I'm like, 'I gotta make something happen,'" he said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "I got 90 laps to get back up to the front, or I'm not going to be able to make anything. So then I started driving over my head a little bit and spun out once, then figured, 'Well, that wasn't good enough, so let me do it again' – and then wrecked my car."
Busch said looking back now, "You've got to be a little bit smarter than that sometimes and just let the race play out."
"I didn't do that," he said.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 55 laps, but said he's still learning to accept the result when the circumstances of the race simply don't work out for a fast car to get back to the front.
"Some days it's your day and all the stars align, and some days it's just not," he said. "It wasn't (my day), and I was trying to make it. So you just can't do that."