Kyle Busch overheated after crash-filled Charlotte race

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Kyle Busch said he battled heat stroke-like conditions and elevated carbon monoxide readings to finish Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after hitting the wall multiple times.

Busch finished 29th, six laps behind the leaders. The result leaves him 12 points ahead of the first driver outside a transfer spot with two races remaining — including next weekend’s event at Talladega Superspeedway — in this round.

After stopping his car on pit road, Busch climbed out and walked toward the grass and laid down. Medical personnel put bags of ice on him and a cool compress on his forehead to help cool him. After being on the ground for less than 10 minutes, he got up and walked to an ambulance, waving to the crowd before he entered the vehicle.

“I got heat soaked and felt like I had a heat stroke just with being inside the race car for 200 laps with the crush panels knocked out of it,’’ Busch said after emerging from the infield care center about 45 minutes after the race.

“Obviously, it was my bad, trying to get too much too early in the race and got too high out of the groove and got myself into the fence and just tore the right side off of it. It was just evil out there the rest of the day, trying to make the laps.

“Coasting under caution you could feel it being about 50 degrees hotter inside the car. It just got so hot that it felt like you were going to puke.’’

Busch made contact with the Turn 3 wall while running second on Lap 136 of the 337-lap race.

It would be the first of three cautions he caused for incidents Sunday.

Each incident made the driving conditions more difficult for Busch, who had exhaust come into the car and had to deal with the humid conditions that led some drivers to comment about how hot it felt driving. At least four drivers went to the infield care center after the race for treatment.

“They said my CO was in the double digits so obviously, I was fighting that, too,’’ Busch said. “That was just the hottest I’ve been in the car.’’

Busch, who crashed Friday in practice, said the PJ1 traction compound got him again Sunday.

“Whatever you want to call it, I got in the slick stuff,’’ Busch said. “When I entered Turn 3, I was following (Kevin) Harvick and I was just trying to work it up a little bit. The last three laps before that everything was fine, and I was just inching it up and inching it up. Apparently an inch a lap was too much and I ended up getting too high and just got crossed up instantly. As soon as I turned up in the corner, I got sideways.’’

Busch would be in worse shape in the points if he didn’t have 41 playoff points — second highest total — heading into Talladega.

“It stinks to give up points,’’ Busch said. “We come in here and thought we had a good shot to run in the top 10 and we did. I threw it away. We’re still above the cut line but we don’t have that cushion that we like to have.’’

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Denny Hamlin posts fastest lap in Saturday morning Cup practice

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LOUDON, N.H. – Denny Hamlin had the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading the field with a lap of 132.942 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (132.526 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (132.462), Kyle Busch (132.406) and Kevin Harvick (132.356).

Harvick ran the most laps at 50. Harvick told NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Rick Allen in the garage that he ran so many laps to see how much the speed falls off as the tires wear. Jimmie Johnson was next with 42 laps run.

There were no incidents in the 50-minute session.

Ryan Blaney had the best 10-lap average at 131.767 mph.

Click here for the speed chart.

Start time of Sunday’s Cup race moved up to 1 pm ET

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LOUDON, N.H. – The start time for Sunday’s Cup race has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET because of the threat of rain, NASCAR announced.

NBCSN will broadcast the race. NBCSN’s coverage begins at noon ET.

The forecast for 1 p.m. ET Sunday calls for a 49 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. There is a threat of rain throughout the day.

Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday’s race.

Two Cup teams to be penalized practice time Saturday at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. – Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne each will miss 15 minutes of Saturday’s final practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for inspection issues, NASCAR announced.

Hamlin is being penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Kahne is being penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice Friday at New Hampshire.

Final practice is scheduled to go from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR’s Saturday schedule for New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Today’s schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes two Cup practice sessions and the Xfinity Series race at the “Magic Mile.”

Here’s the full schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday, July 21

7 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Cup garage open

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. — Cup practice (CNBC)

11:05 a.m. — Xfinity qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (CNBC)

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. — Final Cup practice (NBCSN)

1:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. — Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/211.6 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)