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.
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual Motorsports Special. Among segments included will be:
1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
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