Kyle Busch slowed with a flat tire and Ross Chastain drove into him at 185mph
On Sunday night, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers unloaded in Fort Worth, Texas. The field raced for $1,000,000 to win at the 1.5-mile of Texas Motor Speedway.
Watch the video of the NASCAR All-Star crash below.
On Saturday, Kyle Busch won a drag racing bracket to claim the pole position. He started from 1st and he looked to be the dominant car.
Busch led all 25 laps of stage one. He stayed out as half the field elected to pit for new tires at the end of the stage. As the green dropped on stage two, Busch remain the dominate leader.
With just 3 laps to go in stage two, Busch picked up a flat right rear tire. He slowed but no caution was thrown, yet.
Busch crossed from the outside to the inside lane through the tri-oval. The field scattered behind him.
Ross Chastain took a gamble and went left in an attempt to avoid him. That was the wrong guess and Chastain drove right over the left rear of Busch.
At the time of impact, Chastain was in the gas and rolling at about 185mph. Busch, with just three tires was rolling at about 120mph.
The impact was massive. Chastain launched into the air and nearly flipped. When the car landed, he had zero control. Chastain drove straight into turn one and clipped Chase Elliott.
All three drivers were done for the night.
“I didn’t see that No. 18. I was looking at the No. 12,” Chastain’s team stated over the radio. Another crew member responded, “Yeah, he had nowhere to go.”
“I just got a flat tire off of four,” Kyle Busch confirmed.
“Had a really fast race car, led all the laps up to that point. Disappointing to not be able to finish it out and go race for $1,000,000.”
Kyle Busch was asked if he saw Chastain coming in the rear.
Busch concluded, “No.”
After the hit at 185mph, Chastain was asked what it felt like.
“It felt like the driver of the No. 1 chose the wrong lane to go,” Chastain told Fox Sports.
“I saw Kyle have an issue, like a tire. I guessed left and I should’ve guessed right.”
Chastain concluded, “Big hits. Big hit into Kyle. I didn’t think the wall would hurt as bad as it did. Tough break, but fast cars.”
“I saw the No. 18 had a problem, then I saw the No. 1 hit him, really hard,” Elliott stated after exiting the care center.
“I didn’t give him enough room. I knew he was going to go straight, just didn’t realize he was going to go that far right, that quick.”
“Really, avoidable on my end. I just kinda messed up. Didn’t get the gap shot quick enough.”
“My car was actually pretty good for me and Texas. So, I was pretty excited about it. Well, try again next week.”