WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — After competing in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Kyle Busch was in West Michigan Monday to start the engine at Berlin Raceway in the Money in the Bank 150.
Local product Brian Campbell took the lead in lap 81. Busch grabbed it from him only moments later, but was part of a group caught up in a crash in lap 132. Bubba Pollard won and Busch finished seventh.
Monster Energy Cup Series rookie Erik Jones of Byron, Mich. was also part of the field, but left the race in lap 49 with mechanical problems.
“This is one of the most challenging race tracks that I get a chance to race on,” Busch said before the race. “I enjoy coming to Berlin and having a good time. The guys always treat us great, the fans are awesome.”
Busch earned a top 10 finish at MIS over the weekend. He said his team is having a rough go of finishing races this season, but he was excited for the extended time in the Mitten State and being able to come to Berlin Raceway.
This was his first trip to the Marne-area half-mile since 2012, when the NASCAR Monster Energy Series’ 2015 champion brought home the checkered flag.
NASCAR Hall of Famer and 1989 champion Rusty Wallace was also in town as his son Stephen competed.
“He’s been practicing all day long and I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’s going to have a great race tonight,” Wallace said of his son before the race.
Steve Wallace came in second, followed by Harrison Burton.
For Busch, the stop comes just before Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.