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NASCAR America: Kyle Busch among Cup drivers impacted by heat in Charlotte race

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Multiple drivers felt the effects of a humid day in Sunday’s Bank of America 500, with Kyle Busch getting the worst of it and having to lay in the infield grass after experiencing heat stroke-like conditions and elevated carbon monoxide readings during the race.

Busch’s problems were compounded due to damage his No. 18 Toyota suffered through multiple accidents, which allowed more carbon monoxide into his cockpit.

NASCAR America analysts Steve Letarte and Kyle Petty discussed the situation.

“Even though (drivers) have sealed helmets, it’s still not a healthy situation,” Letarte said.

Petty addressed the stresses drivers endured in the cockpit, which was helped by dehydration and lack of preparation for the weather conditions.

“I think it caught a lot of drivers off guard as humid as it was yesterday,” Petty said. “If you’re caught off guard and then something happens to your car like what happened to Kyle Busch, you’re going to be laying in the grass. … I don’t think it will catch any of these drivers off guard the rest of the year.”

Letarte raised the point that Busch endured the entire 337-lap race in those conditions to gain a small amount of points. Later in the show, he said if Busch has a bad day at Talladega and advances to the Round of 8 after Kansas by a slim point margin, to remember the image of Busch laying in the grass.

Watch the video for the full discussion.

 

 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Kyle Larson after late-race accident ends shot at win (video)

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Kyle Larson‘s chances at winning Sunday’s Bank of America 500 came to an end three laps from the scheduled end of the 334-lap race.

Larson, who led 38 laps in the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was running in fourth in Turns 1 and 2 when Kurt Busch‘s car broke loose, slid up and tagged Larson’s left rear.

Busch wasn’t able to keep control of his No. 41 Ford and spun, bringing out the caution and triggering an overtime finish.

Fender damage to the No. 42 Chevrolet relegated Larson to finish 10th.

During Larson’s post-race interview with NBC, Busch interrupted to apologize to the Chip Ganassi Racing driver.

Watch the above video for the interview and to see Busch’s apology.

Larson lamented that he hasn’t been able to capitalize on having a better car than Martin Truex Jr. the last two weeks.

“Last week was probably the first week in a long time he hasn’t been the most dominate car,” Larson told NBC. “He definitely wasn’t dominate today. … Their team just executed really good.”

Larson was plagued by two pit road errors. Larson missed his pit stall during a competition caution and then later dropped from first to 13th after a slow pit stop when a tire carrier fell.

Martin Truex Jr. increases points lead with Charlotte win; Kyle Busch drops to sixth

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Following his win Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. now leads the Cup Series playoffs by 34 points over Kyle Larson.

Truex entered the Round of 12 with an 18-point lead over Kyle Busch.

Busch leaves Charlotte in sixth, 51 points back after finishing 29th, six laps down following multiple accidents.

The bottom four drivers in the standings heading to Talladega are Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Click here for the full points standings.

Results, stats for Cup Series race at Charlotte

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Martin Truex Jr. won the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to open the Round of 12 in the playoffs.

It is his sixth win of the year and his fifth at a 1.5-mile track.

The top five were Truex, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

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Martin Truex Jr. wins Bank of America 500 to open second round of playoffs

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Martin Truex Jr. won the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an overtime finish, opening the second round of the playoffs with his sixth Cup win of the year.

It is Truex’s second Charlotte win after winning the 2016 Coke 600.

Truex beat Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray to the checkered flag following a caution for Kurt Busch spinning with three laps to go. The overtime finish added three laps to the race’s scheduled 334-lap length.

“It was tough out there today,” Truex told NBC. “The car was a handful. It was really hot. … The pit crew was flawless. Got us track position and we were able to keep it.”

Truex led 91 laps. He has won both opening-round playoff races after also winning at Chicagoland.

“This time of year you want to be clicking on all cylinders and today we did,” Truex said. “We just did everything right.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kevin Harvick

MORE: Race Results

MORE: Points Standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Chase Elliott earned his fourth runner-up finish of the year and his third in four races. … Kevin Harvick led a race-high 149 laps before earning his 10th top five and his second of the playoffs. He finished outside the top 15 the previous two races. … Jamie McMurray earned his third top five of the year and his first top 10 of the playoffs.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Ryan Newman finished last after a two-car crash with Clint Bowyer on Lap 44 … Erik Jones finished 17th after multiple pit stops early in the race to fix a broken shock mount …. Kyle Busch finished 29th, six laps down after causing three cautions, the last coming with nine laps to go … Danica Patrick and David Ragan were eliminated after a wreck with 69 laps to go … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 13th after being caught speeding during the final pit stop.

NOTABLE: Five of Truex’s six wins this season have come at 1.5-mile tracks. Truex’s average finish at 1.5-mile tracks this season is third. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th in his last Cup start at Charlotte … Daniel Suarez, who finished sixth, had one unsecured lug nut. Any fines will be announced later this week.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Obviously you hate to run second because that means you were close to first, but hopefully we’ll have our day sometime.” – Chase Elliott

WHAT’S NEXT: Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 15 on NBC