BUSCH TAKES LEAD, THEN GETS TAKEN OUT NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER REMAINS ATOP NASCAR NATIONWIDE STANDINGS BRISTOL, TENN. (August 21, 2009) -- NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch started the night at Bristol Motor Speedway with a car...
BUSCH TAKES LEAD, THEN GETS TAKEN OUT
NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER REMAINS ATOP NASCAR NATIONWIDE STANDINGS
BRISTOL, TENN. (August 21, 2009) -- NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch started the night at Bristol Motor Speedway with a car capable of winning. He quickly carved his way around the half- mile concrete oval from the 15th starting spot to pass Kevin Harvick for the lead early in the race. But upon completing the pass, the lapped car of 19-year-old rookie Chase Austin came down into Busch and ended his chances take his No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry into another Victory Lane bath.
"It's real unfortunate that it happened," said Busch after the wreck and before he returned to the track. "I mean, I have made mistakes too."
Busch's crew was able to repair the badly-damaged car, enabling him to return to the track for a 28th place finish.
"It's a rookie thing," Busch added. "You live and you learn. It's his first time ever here. It took out a great race car today."
Busch's points lead also took a hit as his closest competitor, Carl Edwards, finished second to teammate David Ragan. Edwards now sits 248 points shy of Busch in the Nationwide Series standings.
According to Austin, his No. 07 car suffered a blown tire and hit the wall, forcing him down the track and into Busch. He said he knew the leaders were quickly coming upon him, but he unintentionally hit Busch as he tried to veer down to bottom of the track to get out of their way.
"Sometimes you take for granted spotters and I've got the best one in the world," said Busch about his manager and spotter Jeff Dickerson. "He's great at what he does and pays big attention to what is going on and always gives me as much information as I can take."
Busch started the week with his third 2009 win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night and he now looks to bookend the weekend with a strong run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol, where he won the spring race on March 22.