Martin Truex Jr. and Busch were involved in a fiery wreck during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400. Didn't really know what to expect in that position. "So fortunately, I'm OK, and we'll live to race another day". But on the Lap 111 restart, Busch decided that it was time they had to race for it and so, the two drivers went off into Turn 1 side-by-side.
Busch and Truex, the fastest cars of the race, had worked together on restarts, allowing the fastest vehicle to go ahead with the other dropping into second place.
He hit the wall a second time, he said, because the first impact cost him his brakes and "I had to ... just to get it to stop so I could get out". Truex, who had to quickly exit after his vehicle caught fire, took blame for the accident. "I hate it for Kyle, he had a great vehicle and we did as well, but that's racing". "If I let him go and he gets a two-three-second gap on me before green-flag pit stops, I have no opportunity".
Busch, who led a race-high 87 laps, Busch said the crash was just "another way of figuring out how to lose these things". While he and his JGR teammates have been running well this season, it wasn't until last weekend at New Hampshire that Denny Hamlin scored the first win for the organization this year. "It's very frustrating and I hate it for my guys, they build such fast Toyota Camrys and the Skittles Camry was really good again today". Glad I was able to get out, fire was bad.
Leaders Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. crash out of Brickyard 400
Busch was accredited with a 34th place finish while Truex is accredited with a 33rd place finish.
Despite the crash, Truex remains the leader in the driver standings with three race and 14 stage wins, while Busch is fourth and still without a victory this season.
Truex said he should have taken the outside lane. "On that restart, I made the call to throw away the games and race straight up". "I definitely should have picked the outside and it would have been fine, I guess". He had won the pole for the race and won both of the early stages Sunday. "Just the way it goes".
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