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Kyle Busch’s Dominant Bristol Run Comes to an Early End

By David Morgan, NASCAR Contributor

When Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway was postponed to Sunday afternoon because of heavy rains, Kyle Busch found himself in the race lead and picked right up where he left off when the race resumed, but unfortunately for Busch, he would not be able to collect his sixth Bristol win after his race ended prematurely.

Busch was the dominant car of the race, leading 256 laps, but a mechanical failure sent Busch and his No. 18 car for a spin in Turn 4 on lap 358. Busch managed to keep his car off the wall, but as he was sitting backwards on the track, Justin Allgaier made heavy contact with Busch’s car, causing extensive damage and collecting Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson in the process.

Needless to say, Busch was not happy with the mechanical failure and the contact with Allgaier, making that evident in his post-crash interview after throwing his helmet into his race car in the garage.

“It’s a shame,” said Busch. “The last few times we’ve been here, we’ve had really fast M&M’s Toyota Camrys and we haven’t been able to finish.

“We’ve been having parts failures here, so it’s something we’ve got to address and fix. I’m really tired of losing races here with parts falling apart, so they’ll hear about it on Tuesday. The person that’s really the biggest moron out there is the spotter of the 46 and the driver of the 46. I’d been wrecking for half a lap and they just came on through and cleaned us out. That’s stupid. I don’t know.

“Frustrating day, let’s go home.”

Sunday’s finish marks finishes of 29th or worse in four of the last five Bristol races and marks his worst finish since a 40th place result at Michigan in June.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.

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