“It Was Wild!” – Kyle Larson Reacts to Kyle Busch’s Accident in Practice

Published 03/07/2022, 12:46 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, practice was not particularly kind to home hero Kyle Busch. This is because he crashed out while on a run and damaged his car. Obviously, he did not qualify but will start from the back of the 37-car pack. Apparently, defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson had a front-row seat for the accident.

Fortunately, the Joe Gibbs Racing team was able to get a spare car on standby. This was a relief, especially since there is a shortage of completed spare cars among the Next Gen vehicles. Apparently, the JGR backup at Las Vegas was primarily a “parts car”, and was not meant for competition.

Kyle Larson said, “I was behind Kyle when he crashed and that was crazy. It turned around backwards so fast. I don’t know if the wind had anything to do with that, something broke, he hit a seam or what. It was wild.

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What to expect from Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson in the race?

As it turned out, a flat left rear was the main culprit and it pitched him into the wall. Apparently, Larson got the impression that a gust of wind caused the wreck. Admittedly, he wouldn’t be wrong, as wind speeds reached around 30 mph on Saturday. Furthermore, that day’s Xfinity Series race was briefly stopped for snow flurries.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Coming to the race itself, while Busch attempts a comeback from 37th, Larson is on the front row. The only obstacle between himself and pole position was Busch’s teammate Christopher Bell. On the bright side, the race is long and anything can happen in the next couple of hundred laps. Obviously, Kyle Busch will be highly motivated to try and win or get a good result. This is because the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is his home track, so he wants to do well for the fans.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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