Kyle Busch was involved in the Lap 2 melee at the start of Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. He spun after starting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway third and because he was in front of the field, he collected 14 other cars as a result.
Busch, fell three laps down due to damage suffered on his No. 18 Toyota but somehow found his way back to the front.
Yes, Busch went from three laps down to nearly a race win.
By the end of the second stage, Busch was back to the lead lap. He used the free pass position on Lap 250 to get back on the same lap as the leaders. He then pounced because of that.
By time we reached the final 100 laps of the race, Busch as in the top five. He then moved up to the top three and when he was battling with Martin Truex Jr. for second, he accidentally got into Truex’s No. 78 Toyota on Lap 431 which sent Truex into the inside SAFER barrier on the front stretch. That brought out the seventh caution of the night which in turn ended up hurting him too.
The leaders would hit pit road but Busch’s car was so badly damaged that his stops would take longer than normal. Due to his rear end being so mangled, the crew could only change his tires then fuel after. That put him back in the pack again. But, due to shear talent, he drove back up and was battling for a top five spot before making contact with Chris Buescher in the closing stages when them two and Jimmie Johnson went three wide on the frontstretch inside of 20 to go.
The contact with Buescher cut down Busch’s left rear tire as it eventually went down and caused him to crash in Turn 3. Busch would continue on but finish in 20th, three laps down.
It was an eventful night for Busch as he went from wrecking, to battling back to wrecking again.