Kyle Busch is a masterful NASCAR driver, and anyone who claims otherwise probably isn’t too fond of the polarizing racer.
He’s one of the most talented drivers in the sport, and during Friday practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch pulled off this amazing save after his car spun and nearly made contact with Austin Cindric.
In practice before Saturday night’s postseason elimination race, the first of three in the 10-race Cup Series playoffs, Busch, who announced this week he will switch from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing in 2023, it seemed to get a bit loose in one of the turns on the Tennessee short track and spun around a bit while trying to keep the car from hitting something. But between the bench and not having full control of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Busch was in a troubling position.
Their car briefly began to slide backwards down the track just as Cindric in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford passed the inside. Busch probably slammed on the brakes as hard as he could to avoid destroying both his car and Cindric’s.
Kyle Busch spun in practice and Austin Cindric nearly caught him. #NASCARPlayoffs
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 16, 2022
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Seriously, that Busch save was *this close* to ending in disaster for both playoff drivers.
And then he explained what happened and that he doesn’t think his car was damaged in the spin.
Kyle Busch says the spin during practice at Bristol did not damage the car as far as he knows and explains what happened: pic.twitter.com/AK4nKbSlm2
—Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 16, 2022
Busch said, via FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass:
“I didn’t hit anything, but, you know, coming down from the bank, I could have hit my nose, but I didn’t feel it. … I turned the corner, and he charged right rear first and headed for the back. And I had to catch him and he just started heading for the wall.”
Currently 13th in the playoff standings, Busch is the last driver to be eliminated at the end of the Round of 16 after Saturday’s Bristol night race and nothing changes. Eight of his 60 career wins have come at Bristol, and he will start the race in 21st place.