Kyle Busch went into Sunday’s Food City 500 winning the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, but on this day he could barely make it past the halfway mark.
On Lap 51, Busch brought out the race’s first caution after melting a tire bead in the right front tire. At the moment of impact, the No. 18 car was running in third.
After having to go back outside of the top 30, Busch made his way back to the top 15 when Chris Buescher got into the rear of him on Lap 117. The JGR car spun to the inside and maintained his lead lap position.
On Lap 259, Busch’s day came to an end when he blew yet another right front tire, after melting a second bead.
“I have no idea,” Busch said of the reasoning he blew two front tires. “We just kept getting tighter on the long run. We had a really great car yesterday in practice and felt really good about things for today. We drove from the back to the front a couple of times today and showed what we were made of, but it doesn’t matter when you are in the garage.”
Coming into Sunday’s race at Bristol, Busch had five career victories at the world’s fastest half-mile. He will look to get back on track next weekend in Richmond, a track in which he has had a lot of success in the past.