© Chris Graythen Getty ImagesKurt Busch sidelined early after engine failure at Kansas
Kurt Busch ran into late-race trouble in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, as engine failure imperiled his postseason hopes in the Round of 8 opener.
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Busch entered Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 eighth among the remaining championship-eligible drivers. He reported on Lap 193 of a scheduled 267 that his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was losing power. Just a handful of laps later, the souring engine expired in a plume of smoke, and Busch drove to the garage after just 197 laps.
"Yeah, she's all done," Busch reported over the team communications as he coasted on the track's apron.
Only eight drivers remain title eligible in the final three-race set, which includes Kansas, next Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway and the Round of 8 finale in two weeks at Martinsville Speedway. These three races will determine the four drivers who will settle the Cup Series championship in the Nov. 8 season finale at Phoenix Raceway.
This story will be updated.