NSCS: Kyle Busch Quits On Team At Bristol


BRISTOL, TENN. – Kyle Busch had a fast car Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway — a track he has five career wins at — in the Irwin Tools Night Race, and he was looking to wipe away a horrid three-race stretch where he had finished 39th-or-worse. The good news for Busch and the No. 18 team: They finished higher than 39th. The bad news: They wound up 36th after their driver opted to park his car after turning 444 laps in the race.

Busch started from the fourth position, and led eight laps on the night, but his race began to unravel when he received a pit road speeding penalty under the competition caution at lap 60. While mired back in the 23rd position, Busch was caught up in a multi-car melee with Aric Almirola and others on lap 124.

Busch’s car suffered a huge amount of damage that knocked his steering out of alignment. Busch told his team the car was killed and that he’d simply be riding around collecting laps the rest of the evening.

With roughly 30 laps to go Busch continued to complain about his car. His crew chief, Dave Rogers, according to USA Today’s Jeff Gluck, told Busch, “Park it behind the truck and take your whiny little [expletive] to the bus.”

Busch disobeyed and parked his car on pit road and walked away. His team pushed the car from turn two, all the way back to the garage area.

With just two races left until the Chase begins, Kyle Busch — who had seemed to be maturing this season — appears to be slipping back into his old ways. After the race, Dave Rogers spoke to FoxSports1’s Bob Dillner. Rogers says he and Busch have talked after the race, and that everything is all good between the two now.

We have to see if this really is a one-time explosion between the duo, or if this will become a new recurring theme.

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About Toby Christie

Toby Christie is the Senior Writer for Rubbings Racing. He has been watching NASCAR since 1993, and has covered the sport as a media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the NMPA. Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, subpar guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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  1. Chris Blackwell

    August 24, 2014 at 2:28 am

    “Grow up Kyle, When are you going to start acting like a Professional? You’re representing alot more than yourself in that Race Car.. If I was the team Owner you’d be out of a job. I hope NASCAR takes some action towards you for walking off and leaving your Race Car on the track. Finally, Your crew needs to take you out back and kick your ass.” Maybe you need to just quit racing altogether. You can drive, no argument there, give UPS or maybe FEDEX a call, or how about a Taxi?”

  2. Scott Haskell

    August 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

    If you expect readers to continue to read your posted articles, you may want to print the story without the background in order that the story can be read.

  3. pamotorman

    August 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    kyle wants to be the bad guy in NASCAR as we have to many goody two shoes driving.

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