By admin | July 1, 2010
By Richard Allen
Kasey Kahne, David Ragan, Denny Hamlin, Robert Richardson, Jr., Tony Stewart and Reed Sorenson all suffered damage during the Thursday practice sessions for the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. There was one constant in the two separate incidents that will force some, if not all, of these drivers to backup machines. That one constant was Kyle Busch.
Busch had the misfortune to not only be involved in two separate crashes, but he was at the heart of both. He himself will also have to go to a backup car as a result of one of those incidents.
“It seems like nowadays when we come to the super speedways we need to prepare our backup cars more so than our primaries,” Hamlin remarked after being clipped by his teammate, Busch, which sent him into another car then the outside wall. “It’s the same thing that happens a lot of times here at this track. Kyle just misjudged by a hair and caused a wreck.
“I’ve done it before and most everyone in this garage has done it before in super speedway racing,” the driver of the #11 added in an attempt to diffuse any talk of a feud between these two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.
These same drivers made contact with each other during May’s Sprint All Star Race in Charlotte which cost each a shot at the $1 million first prize for winning that race. So, the interest level was high regarding what might be said by each of the two in their post-incident remarks. However, both seemed to take the wreck in stride.
“This has just been one of those days,” Busch said for his part. “I hate it for the 11, the 14, the 83, the guys that got caught up in that.
“I just misjudged it,” he continued. “I tried to jump back in line just a little too fast and hooked the 11 just enough. I turned him sideways. I apologize to all the guys involved. I hate it for ’em.”
As for Busch’s first spin of the day, it looked as if the #6 car of David Ragan was just a bit loose going into turn 3 when Busch either clipped him or took just enough air off of his spoiler to cause him to go on around. The result of the incident was that Busch went for a wild ride across the infield grass of the 2.5 mile facility.
Busch and Ragan suffered enough damage to take out backup cars from the haulers. Kahne also roughed his car up when he found the spinning Ragan in the smoke.
As Kyle Busch said, “It was just one of those days.” Unfortunately, his bad luck, or poor judgment, affected several others in the Sprint Cup garage. No doubt, he, and they, hope he does not have “one of those days” on Saturday.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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