Kyle Busch may still be looking in his rear view mirror.
Busch, who won at Sonoma in 2008, went spinning twice during Sunday's race. He recovered from the first, but the second incident ruined his day.
That happened on lap 83, when he and Carl Edwards were racing for position in the esses, the track's downhill section of winding curves. Busch was ahead of Edwards and Edwards thought he saw an opening to the left of Busch. But as soon as he went to make that move, Busch moved towards the space Edwards wanted and Busch went spinning off of Edwards right front bumper and into the tire barrier, wiping out the right side of Busch's car.
Before that, Busch had spent the majority of those 82+ laps making up the ground he lost when he was hit by Juan Pablo Montoya in the track's tight hairpin turn 11. Montoya wheel-hopped the car getting into the corner and he hit Busch in the right side, sending him around.
While Busch ended up 35th (after another spin, no less. This time, he went around after moving to the dirt to avoid another car under braking), Montoya and Edwards were in the top five as the white flag waved at Sonoma. Edwards ended up third while Montoya ran out of gas and finished 34th.
After the race, Edwards apologized for hitting Busch, while Montoya immediately apologized for the wheel-hop on his radio after that incident.
"I've got to apologize to the Gibbs guys, Kyle Busch and the 18 guys," Edwards said. "We swapped that position back and forth for a lap or so, got inside of him back there and I thought he knew I was there and ended up spinning him out."
As for Kyle? He had this to say on Twitter:
Awww. My heart melts for @jpmontoya who ran out of gas.
Busch is now 8th in the points standings, 16 points ahead of 11th place Paul Menard.
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