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Kyle Busch Questions Impact of Stage Point After Contact with Kyle Larson Ends His Day

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As the race approached the end of Stage 2, Larson was racing to the left of Kyle Busch on entry to Turn 1. Larson’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet snapped sideways, causing him to slide directly into Busch. The impact sent Busch’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet into the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 2, effectively ending his day.

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After being evaluated and released from the infield care center, Busch expressed his frustration. He mentioned that Larson was on older tires and attempting to gain a spot. Busch wasn’t sure what that single point at the end of the stage would mean for Larson, but it certainly hurt Busch’s chances. The Rebel Camaro, which wasn’t performing as well as last year, was on track for a top-10 finish, but the collision dashed those hopes

“It looked like he got loose, I guess, down the front straightaway into Turn 1,” Kyle Busch told reporters after being evaluated and released from the infield care center. “He was on older tires and trying to get us for a spot. Not sure what that single point was really gonna mean for him, but certainly hurt us a lot because (it) took that point away as well as the others that we’d get for the stage and then also the rest of the day. So very frustrating.

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Kyle Larson Reflects on the Contact with Kyle Busch

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Larson, a two-time winner this year, continued despite the contact. He explained that he was slightly better than Busch as they approached the end of the stage. While side-drafting Kyle Busch, Larson’s car barely touched Busch’s quarter panel. Larson initially thought he had a flat tire when his car spun around in Turn 1. However, he realized that Busch had likely taken the air off his car, causing the spin.

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The crash had significant implications for both drivers. Kyle Busch finished 35th and dropped from 14th to 17th in the championship standings, falling outside of a playoff spot. Larson, on the other hand, managed to continue and finished 10th. The incident highlighted the intense competition and the importance of every point in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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