Kyle Busch storms out of NASCAR race at Darlington after wreck, leaves car on pit road, blocking others


Kyle Busch had enough.

Busch was finding success in the Goodyear 400, having led the race at the Darlington Raceway for 18 laps and racing in the top five for most of the day. Then came lap 167 when Brad Keselowski blew his front right tire and hit the wall. Trailing closely behind was Busch and through no fault of his own, became a casualty to Keselowski’s wreck. That damage was enough to knock Busch out of the race. 

Frustrated, Busch drove his irreparable, but still drivable car towards the garage. But, rather than drive the car all the way in, Busch left his car at pit road and walked off the track. His decision to leave the car meant that NASCAR had to close pit road, preventing others from pitting, until his car could be moved. That didn’t sit well with NASCAR on Fox analyst Clint Bowyer, either.

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Busch and Keselowski were both knocked out of the race after the incident. Busch is listed as having finished 33rd in the race.

Busch later explained “I didn’t think it mattered” as it relates to his decision to leave the car on pit road, but added he didn’t think his car could turn.

“The six car [Keselowski] just blew a right front tire off of [turn] two there and I was already on the high side of Harrison [Burton] so I had no where to go, but just to try to slow down and miss it,” Busch explained. “I think it knocked a left front toe link off it. Seems as though they’re pretty fragile and just ended our day so we weren’t going to be able to fix it in time on pit road so that was it.”

Busch said it was a disappointing outcome after what had been a promising day of racing to start.  he 

“The car had speed. We were top five all day,” Busch said. “It’s definitely frustrating to not be able to carry that out. We were trying to figure out short runs vs. long run speed and where we needed to be and just cut short.”