NASCARKyle Busch’s day ends early at New Hampshire

Kyle Busch’s day ends early at New Hampshire

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch will have to wait another week for that first win of 2020, as the reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion’s day came to an early end at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Busch was running in the sixth position when he had a right front tire go flat, sending his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota hard into the wall and bringing out the caution on lap 16.

Busch said going down the backstretch he felt it go flat and was trying to get slowed down, so no one else ran over him down the straightaway.

“I blew a right-front tire for some reason. I have no idea why,” said Busch. “Way too early in the going for anything to be wrong or even to build enough brake temp or brake heat. I don’t know. Just hate it for our Pedigree team and the fight that we’ve been having this year seems to be continuing. Last time I was here in a Pedigree car, we blew a right-front tire for no reason as well too. Just seems to be our luck with the Pedigree scheme for some reason here at New Hampshire. It’s still 2020, but sooner or later we have to turn this stuff around.”

Busch will finish Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 dead last — his first DNF at The Magic Mile in 29 starts. He has seen success at Loudon in the NASCAR Cup Series having earned three wins, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes

However, the Pedigree car has seen better days at The New England track.

“I think there’s a replay of another Pedigree car here a few years ago that blew a right-front tire for absolutely no reason too,” said Busch. “Seems to be our luck with the Pedigree car here at New Hampshire. Sorry to all of our fans and all the Pedigree folks. It’s still 2020.”

Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

Sarah Handy
Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah is a 2021 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog but without much success, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also the Director of Marketing for NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends.


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