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Kyle Busch To A Backup Car After Hard Crash At Daytona In Final Practice

Kyle Busch To A Backup Car After Hard Crash At Daytona In Final Practice

by July 1, 2016 0 comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On Friday at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch crashed during final practice, forcing his team to unload a backup car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

Kyle Busch, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion once again found bad luck at Daytona. It was just last year when he sustained injuries during the season opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race, but luckily on Friday, it was a completely different story as he walked away from his destroyed No.18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry.

Busch had completed only 15 laps in the session when the accident occurred in Turn 1. He was running in a pack with his teammate, Denny Hamlin in front of him and his other two teammates, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards just behind him when he experienced a right rear tire issue. Busch’s car got loose, hit the apron and shot up the track, nearly head-on into the outside wall.

“It wasn’t any fun, that’s for sure,” said Busch standing outside of the infield care center. “Your first instinct is to correct and the car automatically corrects and the car automatically corrects and then finally when it catches or when it hit the apron and caught, it just turned back the other way and head-on into the fence.” That was certainly a big hit, so you’ve got to thank NASCAR for their safety advancements in the cars and the drivers’ equipment and things like that, and course the SAFER barriers are well too. That could’ve been a heck of a lot worse than what that was.”

Busch wasn’t able to return to the track and was scored 26th on the speed chart following final practice, with a lap of 45.660 seconds at 197.109 mph. The Las Vegas, Nevada native only has one series victory at the speedway. He won the 2013 Coke Zero 400.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set to begin at 4:10 p.m. ET, and it’ll be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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