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Kyle Busch storms out of NASCAR race in Darlington after wreck, leaves car in pit lane and blocks others

Kyle Busch storms out of NASCAR race in Darlington after wreck, leaves car in pit lane and blocks others

Kyle Busch had had enough.

Busch achieved success in the Goodyear 400 after leading the race at Darlington Raceway for 18 laps and finishing in the top five for most of the day. Then came lap 167 when Brad Keselowski blew his front right tire and hit the wall. Busch followed closely and through no fault of his own, he became a victim of Keselowski’s wreckage. That damage was enough to knock Busch out of the race.

Frustrated, Busch drove his irreparable but still drivable car to the garage. But instead of driving the car all the way in, Busch left his car in the pit lane and ran off the track. His decision to leave the car meant that NASCAR had to close the pit lane to prevent others from making pit stops until his car could be moved. That didn’t sit well with NASCAR on Fox analyst Clint Bowyer, either.

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Busch and Keselowski were both eliminated after the incident. Busch is listed as having finished 33rd in the race.

Busch later explained: “I thought it didn’t matter” as it relates to his decision to leave the car on the pit lane, but added that he didn’t think his car could turn.

“The Six Car” [Keselowski] just blew off a right front tire [turn] two there and I was already on the high side of Harrison [Burton] so I had nowhere to go, but I was just trying to slow down and miss it,” Busch explained. “I think it knocked off a left front toe joint. Looks like they are pretty fragile and just finished our day so we wouldn’t be able to fix it on the pit road in time so that was it. †

Busch said it was a disappointing result after what had been a promising day of racing to start. he

“The car had speed. We were top five all day,” said Busch. “It’s absolutely frustrating not being able to execute that. We were trying to figure out the speed of short runs versus long runs and where we needed to be and just stopped.”

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