Kyle Busch falls short of Bristol sweep, finishes 11th

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Bidding to complete a second career triple-header sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch ran as high as second during Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race but ultimately faded back to an 11th place finish.

Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at BMS on Wednesday and followed that with another win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday. He was forced, however, to start from dead last on the grid for Saturday’s Sprint Cup event after spinning out in qualifying.

While trying to claw his way through the pack, he had a run-in with Joey Logano on Lap 107 that damaged the left-rear corner of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

With track position proving to be the most important factor of all, the No. 18 team tried to get their man out in front by having him stay out under a caution at Lap 256.

That propelled Busch to second behind then-leader Paul Menard, but handling issues would soon make him fade back. He was still able to run in the Top 10 for much of the race’s second half, but a combination of used tires and a tough final restart proved enough to send him out of that bracket.

Busch was aiming to become the first driver in the history of the Sprint Cup Series to win from the 43rd starting position in a race that featured a 43-car field.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.