Kyle Busch crashes out in second stage at Kansas
Kyle Busch made an early exit from Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, sustaining significant damage in a crash at the end of the second stage.
Busch had an eventful day in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400, rallying from early pit-road issues and a bumping duel with Ross Chastain. But his day ended after just 162 of the scheduled 267 laps after his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet crashed into the inside retaining wall on the backstretch.
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The field had just restarted after an incident involving Christopher Bell. Busch was running in close position behind Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Ford when the field jammed up, and his No. 8 veered toward the apron.
“Just trying to get below the 6 car there off of (Turn) 2 and somebody was beneath me, got hit and spun out,” Busch told reporters at the infield care center. “I don‘t know. Just bad-luck circumstances bit us again. I felt like we worked hard all day long to finally get up in there in the top five and get some track position and ready to go race for some stage points. Caution comes out and people with old tires cycle up and just … manipulate the race, right, and change it. It happens. On the wrong end of it.”
Busch had his fair share of run-ins on the track in Sunday’s race, including one with Chastain that saw Busch door the No. 1 Chevrolet down the backstretch earlier in the contest. That frustration wasn’t reserved for Chastain alone, though.
“Yeah, it wasn‘t just him. It was a lot of guys,” Busch said. “It‘s a product of the car. You‘re three-tenths faster than a guy, you run him down from a half-a-straightaway back, and then you just stall when you get there. You can‘t maneuver, and you can‘t pass, so all they do is aero-block you and pinch you and make you burn your tires up, and then you get passed by the guy that was behind you.”
Busch, a two-time winner this season, wound up with a 35th-place finish in the 36-car field.