Lap 32 Accident Sidelines Busch at Daytona Shootout DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch was sidelined by a Lap 32 crash in tonight's Bud Shootout here at Daytona International Speedway and relegated to a 23rd-place finish.
Lap 32 Accident Sidelines Busch at Daytona Shootout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch was sidelined by a Lap 32 crash in tonight's Bud Shootout here at Daytona International Speedway and relegated to a 23rd-place finish. After a difficult opening few days during Speed Weeks 2010, Busch says he is eager to get on to the points-paying Daytona 500 weekend.
"It was a tough night for our Miller Lite Dodge," said Busch. "I'm not sure what really happened. I'm just making more laps in the ambulance than I am on the track (chuckles). We still have two good bullets. I thought that I was in the outside lane, crossed into the middle; I was just trying to figure out the draft with the big restrictor plate. Man, I'm making a bunch of mistakes I guess.
"Once I got hit, the hood just popped up and I couldn't see much," Busch said of the incident that occurred only seven laps after a 10-minute break in the action. "I was just trying to stay out of the wall, but the momentum took us up there. All in all, I thought that I was in the high lane and I got on the high side of Mark (Martin) going through Turn 4. I don't know if I pinched him or he wanted to come up. It's not fun. Like I said, I'm making more laps in the ambulance then I am on the track. Sorry Roger (Penske, team owner). I've got two burned up cars. We still have our primary (car) and a primary back up, but not a good average right now. I'm just looking for this weekend to be over and we'll start up again next Wednesday."
After an incident here in practice on Thursday, Busch started his backup Miller Lite Dodge Charger from the 22nd spot here tonight. He had gotten no practice in the car and utilized the first 25-lap segment of the race in getting a feel for "PRS-573" chassis. With pole-sitter Carl Edwards leading all 25 laps, Busch was up to 11th at the break.
With his car feeling loose entering the corners and tight everywhere else, Busch's Steve Addington-led crew really went to work during the 10-minute visit to pit road. When the break had concluded, in addition to getting four fresh Goodyear Tires, the team also had adjusted the right-rear shock absorber, made a change in the front camber, taken a round of wedge out and added a round on the track bar.
When the race resumed, Busch was quick to show his car's strength, making an outside lane move up into the top-10 and going three-wide to get as far up the chain to seventh. But unfortunately, only seven laps into the run, his race came to an end. The contact from Martin sent Busch spinning wildly through the tri-oval grass, with the Miller Lite Dodge shooting back up the track entering the Turn 1 area and crashing head-on into the outside wall. Busch escaped his second wreck in the last three days here at Daytona uninjured, but his car was too damaged to return to the race.
Tonight's race came down to a green-white-checkered finish. After the fourth caution of the night had flown, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne had not pitted and made up the front row for the restart. Biffle had questioned his spotter about a possible tire going flat during the yellow. That could have contributed to his spin after getting a tap from Jeff Gordon and triggering another multi-car crash that caused the race to end under the yellow.
At the checkers, it was Kevin Harvick, who had been ill all week and never sat in his No. 29 Chevy until tonight, taking his second consecutive Shootout victory. Kahne finished second, with Jamie McMurray third, Kyle Busch fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth. Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, Gordon, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top-10 finishers here tonight.
"Like I told them on the radio when we knew our night was over, that we'll all keep our heads up and get back after them next weekend here in the Daytona 500," said crew chief Addington. "That's our Super Bowl; the one that pays the big money and the points. That's the race that we're really down here for."
After three days with no action, the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars are scheduled back on track here at Daytona on Wednesday when Daytona 500 practice begins at 12:00 noon ET.
-source: penske racing