Yet another Chase for the Sprint Cup competitor has suffered damage to both his race car and where he’s at in the Chase standings.
Kurt Busch had a tire rub on his Haas Automation Chevrolet when the right front tire appeared to blow on Lap 222 of the 300-lap Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, sending him hard into the wall and suffering right front end damage.
To add salt to the wound, Busch was assessed a penalty for pitting too soon, which would have sent him to the tail end of the field.
However, Busch instead took his car to the garage for repairs.
About 30 laps earlier, Busch’s younger brother Kyle was involved in a wreck that caused front end damage to his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
At this point, among Chasers who’ve had problems in Sunday’s race: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.
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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.
The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.
Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.
One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.
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