Darlington Race Recap
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-115):
● Kyle Busch started 12th and finished 12th.
● The M&M’S driver was in 13th place when the first caution waved on lap 15. He reported that his M&M’S Toyota Camry was handling on the tight side all the way around the track.
● The second caution was displayed on lap 25. Busch noted that the front of the car was not turning. The team made a chassis adjustment, changed four tires and added fuel.
● After restarting in 10th place, Busch worked his way up to eighth by lap 35. The tight handling issue persisted, and the team continued to attempt to improve the handling.
● Busch was in 10th place on lap 70 when he reported that the M&M’S Toyota Camry continued to be too tight to turn but that it was starting to get a little loose in the rear.
● As the stage came to a close, Busch dropped a few positions. He was scored in 12th place at the end of Stage 1.
● During the caution at the end of the stage the team went back on some previous adjustments before making changes to both the track bar and wedge. They changed four tires and added fuel. Busch lined up 13th to start Stage 2.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 116-230):
● Busch started 13th and finished 35th.
● The two-time NASCAR Cup champion lined up 13th to start Stage 2. He had completed a couple of laps before getting clipped by driver Austin Dillon, which sent the No. 18 M&M’S Camry into the wall.
● The damage from hard contact with the wall was beyond repair, forcing the team to retire from the event.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“We just weren’t very good tonight. We ran better than this when we were first here in the spring earlier this year. At that race we started in the teens and drove up to the front. Today we were driving nowhere. The M&M’S Camry was dead locked tight, and it didn’t matter what we did with it. We didn’t deserve to get wrecked, but unfortunately that’s what happened.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The second race of the 10-race NASCAR Playoffs starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.