Kyle Busch characterized missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup in two words:
But last Sunday, no one felt more on an island than his crew chief, Dave Rogers.
Rogers has guided the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team since the final three races of the 2009 season. Since that time, Busch has won seven races and qualified for the Chase the last two years.
However, last Saturday night at Richmond, Rogers decided not to pit Busch during the final caution, on Lap 277. Then 47 laps later, Busch was lapped by eventual winner Clint Bowyer.
Jeff Gordon, whom Busch was battling for the final Chase transfer spot, finished second, 14 positions ahead of Busch, who watched his 12-point advantage evaporate -- along with his Chase hopes.
Following the race, Rogers acknowledged, "One hundred percent my fault."
"It's professional sports," Rogers said on Saturday. "It's life. Everybody in life makes errors and has days they'd like to erase. But you can't erase history, so you just march forw...