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.