Kyle Busch’s winning Xfinity car fails postrace inspection for being too low in front

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HAMPTON, Ga. – Race winner Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota failed postrace inspection after winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

About three hours later after the Camping World Truck Series race, NASCAR announced that Busch’s Xfinity car was too low in the left front and the right front.

Busch learned of the inspection problem during the postrace winner’s news conference for the truck race, which he attended as the winning owner.

“Fantastic,” Busch said sardonically. “Maybe they should have checked the air pressure in the front tires first. Maybe that’s why it was low.”

Trying to complete a tripleheader sweep, Busch finished 26th in the truck race because of an apparent tire problem after leading during the final stage. The race was won from the pole by Christopher Bell in a Toyota fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports.

It was the second consecutive race with a tire problem for Busch, who spun in the Daytona 500 when a tire lost air. He said he had no warning before his tire deflated in the truck race.

“Everything felt normal,” Busch said. “I got down into Turn 1, and there was no air in the tire.

“That seems to happen to me a lot.”

NASCAR spokesman Matt Humphrey said Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing team could face further penalties after the sanctioning body meets Tuesday for its weekly competition meeting.

According to NASCAR’s new penalty structure, if the violation is deemed an L1 penalty, JGR wouldn’t be allowed to take the playoff points from the car into the owners playoffs, nor use the win to qualify for the owners playoffs.

After the truck race, the fifth-place Chevrolet of Chase Elliott also was ruled to be too low in postrace inspection and also had a loose lug nut. Penalties again would be announced Tuesday.

NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy

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Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.

 

TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224)

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.