A strong opening stint for Kurt Busch tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway has quickly turned into a nightmare scenario for himself and his Chase hopes.
“The Outlaw” took the lead from pole sitter Denny Hamlin at Lap 23 but around Lap 80, he suddenly fell from first to fifth before he went to pit road under green flag conditions for a loose wheel on his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.
A slow, 18.9 second stop was then followed by a pit road speeding penalty, forcing Busch to do a drive-thru run through the pits. That put him multiple laps down but things were not done going sour as he was forced to pit a second time due to more wheel issues.
Finally, the FRR team opted to bring Busch behind the wall to replace a wheel hub. By the time Busch returned to action, he had tumbled all the way to 41st at 26 laps off the pace.
The winless Busch had gone into tonight’s race ninth in the Sprint Cup standings, but now it appears that his shot to make NASCAR’s postseason has sustained a potentially lethal setback.
BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.
In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.
Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.
BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.
The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.
BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.