Kyle Busch sits out final Nationwide Series practice after wreck
MAY 22, 2014 6:17p ET
Kyle Busch is a dominant force in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but that doesn't mean he is immune from trouble from time to time. That is exactly what happened as 'Rowdy' was racing in traffic during opening Nationwide practice Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Trying to make his way around slower cars, Busch lost control of his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in Turn 2. Sliding down the track, Busch made contact with the inside wall and sustained damage to the right front and right rear of the car.
Busch was able to drive back to the garage, and the team went to work pulling out the backup car, but NASCAR had other plans.
NASCAR determined the damage to the No. 54 Toyota was not enough to warrant a backup car, forcing the team to go to work making repairs on the wrecked machine.
Assessing the damage, the team opted to sit out Thursday's final practice session and sent the car back to the team's shop in Huntersville, N.C., for further repairs.
"I don't even know what happened," Busch told FOX Sports 1. "It just broke loose on me off Turn 2. I tried to throttle through it, and when I did, I was just trying to keep it from going up the racetrack. From there it started going back down the racetrack, and I tried letting go of the brakes to see if I could get the momentum to shift, and it never did. Nosing it in and tailing it in obviously bends the splitter bars and all kinds of stuff. The splitter was on the racetrack pretty good.
"Better being safe, than sorry, and fixing it here with hammers and jigs that aren't welded to anything," he said. "We can take it to the shop and cut the splitter bars out of it, put new ones in it and mock it up the same way it came here."
With Friday a dark day at the track with no action, Busch said he is confident his Joe Gibbs Racing crew will be able to successfully make repairs before Saturday's qualifying session ahead of Saturday afternoon's race.