Kyle Busch’s bid for a third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win ended with a thud in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch slammed the wall on lap 136 damaging his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and had his hands full the rest of the way. After multiple trips to pit road for repairs, Busch’s car was literally a handful to drive and he made several more trips into the wall before the race mercifully came to an end. His accident damaged the crush panels of his car and Busch was treated for both overheating and high carbon monoxide levels after the race. He collapsed next to his car after climbing out and was subsequently treated and released from the infield medical center. "I'm all right. I'm better now,” Busch said. “It just got so hot, that literally, you felt like you were going to puke and just trying to make it to the end of the race and luckily we did and from there, just trying to get cooled back down and get body temperature back to normal." Busch finished 29th and now sits sixth in the playoff standings - 12 points above the cutoff line.
“It stinks to give up points, we come in here and thought we had a good shot to run in the top 10 and we did and I threw it away," Busch said. "We’re still above the cut line, but we don’t have that cushion that we’d like to have going to Talladega and crash out early and be back in the pack and be coming from behind in Kansas. That’s what you try to not have happen, but anything can happen in racing so we just have to go out and race, race hard and do a good job at Talladega to get through there with still a cushion and then we can go race them and be fine hopefully through Kansas.”
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