The younger Busch brother was involved in two incidents during Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen.
Early in the race, Busch and William Byron made contact, with Byron spinning Busch out. Busch retaliated, sending Byron into the grass. That didn’t end things, though: Byron rammed into the rear of Busch’s car — on orders from crew chief Chad Knaus. Unfortunately, this time, Byron got the worse of the situation, suffering damage to the front end of his Chevrolet Camaro.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Stewart-Haas Racing plane made an unscheduled stop in St. Louis on Friday after Gray Gaulding had a suspected allergic reaction.
SS Green Light Racing confirmed Gaulding had an issue en route to Kansas City. A Stewart-Haas Racing spokesperson confirmed that its plane made the unscheduled stop and that emergency personnel came on board after the plane landed. Gaulding remained in St. Louis while the plane continued to Kansas City.
SS Green Light Racing stated that after arriving at the track, Gaulding went to the infield care center and was not cleared to drive Friday. Gaulding will be re-evaluated Saturday. J.J. Yeley drove the car for Gaulding in practice Friday.
While on the way to Kansas Speedway, Gray Gaulding experienced a suspected allergic reaction. Upon visiting the infield care center, doctors did not clear him to compete today. He will be re-evaluated Saturday morning. J. J. Yeley will practice the car for final Xfinity practice.
It continued Monday when Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney barely beat Ryan Newman to win at Talladega Superspeedway. It snapped a 37-race winless streak for Blaney.
Can the first-time winner steak continue?
If it does, it will take place Sunday at Kansas Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC). But of the 16 instances a playoff driver earned their first win in the playoffs, it’s only happened once on the 1.5-mile track.
Mark Martin was the winner on Oct. 9, 2005, a day that saw Roush Fenway Racing put four of its five cars in the top five.
It was Martin’s first win in 52 races. It was just the second time a playoff driver’s first win in a season came in the playoffs. The first was three races earlier at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Ryan Newman).
Ahead of Sunday’s race there are only two Cup Series playoff drivers left who could potentially extend the streak: William Byron and Clint Bowyer.
Aside from securing them spots in the Round of 8, wins by either would be notable in their own right.
A victory by Bowyer would be his first on his home track in 23 attempts in the Cup Series. Like Martin, a victory would end a 52-race winless streak.
Bowyer’s best finish at Kansas was a runner-up finish in his second start in 2007. Since then he has just two top fives at Kansas, including a fifth-place finish in this year’s spring race.
Bowyer enters this race 11th in the standings, 24 points back from the cutoff line.
“We know what we have to do this weekend,” Bowyer said in press release. said. “We need to get stage points, a great finish and maybe even a win. We finished fifth here in May, we just have to do a few spots better this weekend.”
A win by Byron would be significant because he’s yet to win a Cup Series race in 67 starts.
In his previous three Kansas starts Byron’s only managed to finish once. The Hendrick Motorsports driver placed 20th in the spring after starting third. He won in his lone Truck Series start there in 2016 and had a top five in his only Xfinity Series start at the track in 2017.
“I think it will be interesting to see how things play out with how our mile-and-half packages have evolved just throughout the year,” Byron said in a press release. “Whether it continues that trend this weekend or whether it reverts back to how it was in the spring at Kansas. I’m just interested to see how that is since the cars have come a long way since that race. I’m also interested to see with it being an elimination race, I think it will open things up for different strategies. It’s a bit of an unknown at this point.”