Sunday was a rough one for a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers with Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin suffering five wrecks between them. Ultimately, each ended their shot at a win in the garage with massive damage after the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch came into Sunday with two straight Sprint Cup victories and a serious shot at a third consecutive victory. His day came to a screeching halt after a wreck on Lap 259, which only compounded the damage from an earlier accident on Lap 52.
“I just kept getting tighter in the long run, not sure why that was,” Busch said. “We had a really great car yesterday and we were fastest in practice. I felt really good about things for today. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.”
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Busch came in with high hopes thanks to his five career wins at Bristol. With the No. 18 driver qualifying in the fifth position, it appeared Sunday would be another dominant performance by Busch.
Despite his dominance early in his career at Bristol, Busch said his luck hasn’t been quite as good since the track was resurfaced in 2012.
“This track sucked for me ever since the grind,” Busch said of the track. “I’m about sick and tired of coming here. It sucks.”
Just a few laps after Busch’s second crash, Kenseth suffered another one as well. Kenseth slammed into the wall hard after blowing a right front tire and immediately headed to the garage after leading the race three times for a combined 142 laps.
“It was the same problem, it just happened twice,” Kenseth said. “We had pretty similar setups … I don’t know why we had trouble.”
Trouble continued later in the race as Denny Hamlin wrecked on Lap 409 to end the chances of winning for three of the four Joe Gibbs Racing teams. Luckily, Carl Edwards was up front at the time of Hamlin wreck and still has a shot at winning the Food City 500.