Kyle Busch’s hope of a second career weekend sweep ended one-fourth of the way through Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks.
Busch had dominated the entire weekend up to that point, winning Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race, Saturday’s Nationwide Series event and sat on the outside pole for Sunday’s race, leading 81 laps.
And then came Lap 125.
Busch made contact with the rear end of Clint Bowyer, leading to a cut right front tire that eventually sent Busch slamming into the outside retaining wall, causing moderate to severe damage to the right side of his car.
Busch initially refused to come onto pit road, remaining on the race track – even with a flat right front tire and the damage to his car – and appeared as if he was going to retaliate to Bowyer.
Even though the track was under yellow flag caution conditions, Busch accelerated and looked as if he was going to get into Bowyer’s rear end, but eventually took his car to the garage after pleading from crew chief Dave Rogers over the team radio.
At the same time, Bowyer also accelerated to try and avoid Busch, who ultimately gave up his pursuit and drove to the garage.
After the race, Bowyer, who bounced back to finish fourth, regretted how things played out.
“What a day, frustrating day, hated that with Kyle, obviously,” Bowyer said. “(He and Busch) are teammates, so to speak, with the manufacturer (Toyota). It was a bad deal.
“Obviously, I thought I was clear and he kind of got up there. I thought he was going to give it to me (room), and he didn’t. Ruined his day for sure and it certainly didn’t help ours.”
To add insult to injury, Busch was forced to wait to get into the garage because a track sweeper was blocking the entrance to the garage area.
Busch was attempting to become only the second driver in NASCAR history to win all three major races on the same weekend. Busch is the only one to have done that previously, having won all three at Bristol in August 2010.
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