Kyle Busch blamed spotters on the incident with the lap car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
On Sunday, Kyle Busch went two laps down early in the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He took the wave around, several times and found himself back on the lead lap.
In stage 3, Kyle Busch moved to the outside lane, right against the wall. He was on the lead lap for the first time all day and charging through the field. He climbed inside the top 10 and was looking for more.
However, he hit a road block as he struggled to work lap traffic.
He approached Garrett Smithley who finished 12 laps down to the leader without a crash that caused him to go laps down. He was just in an underfunded car which rolls that slow.
Ahead of the approach, spotters communicated on the roof. Busch was informed that Smithley would run high. Busch entered the corner in the middle, locked the brakes and slid into Smithley.
Smithley radio: “He drove up on you. Didn’t know what he was gonna do.”
Busch ended up with heavy nose damage. The front splitter was bent upward, the downforce was gone and Busch was going backward.
Busch finished 19th. A brutal opening to his run in the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs.
After the race, he was hesitant to answer questions from reporters. When he finally spoke, he blamed spotter communications on the accident.
Kyle Larson reacts to Kyle Busch’s spotter comments
Larson heard these post-race comments. He had a thought…
Kyle Larson: “So when you running the Chili Bowl? FYI no spotters there.”
The tweet above sparked a conversation:
Joe Duvall (Dirt Modified Driver): “Security to the top of the ramp……”
Kyle Busch: “Percent chance on me making the A?”
Kyle Larson: You’d be a top tier driver in top tier equipment. Your percentage would be decent.”