By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor
With less than 10 minutes remaining in final practice for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, Kyle Busch had a severe impact.
The right rear tire on Busch’s No. 18 Toyota blew causing him to veer right, head on into the wall. The hit was into a SAFER barrier, but it did catastrophic damage to the car. Luckily Busch walked away unscathed.
NASCAR Tweeted footage of the accident:
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Busch, who won last year’s Sprint Cup Series championship, did so after missing a huge chunk of the season after breaking a leg and foot in a Xfinity Series crash at Daytona.
A Goodyear spokesperson said that a gash in the tire was consistent with Busch running over debris on the track, which more than likely caused the tire failure.
According to USA Today’s Brant James, Busch was not so confident in the tire manufacturers product.
“(I’m) pretty confident in Joe Gibbs Racing and their ability to provide good race cars, not very confident in Goodyear in giving us good tires to go out there and race on and have confidence in them,” Busch said to USA Today Sports after leaving the infield care center.