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Kyle Busch Struck With Safety Violation Amidst Multiple Penalties Jeopardizing Truck Stars at Las Vegas

Published 03/01/2024, 11:02 PM EST

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It was a breath of fresh air to watch a Truck race finally not get derailed by crashes and clashes, but it looks like pit road blunders are still part of the show. This time around, while in the first two stages, it was more of a safe drive, a bunch of drivers were having a hard time on pit road, struggling to see properly. In the middle of this chaos, Kyle Busch, who was gunning for another Truck Series victory, got flagged by NASCAR for breaking the rules.

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Seems like Kyle Busch just can’t catch a break and have a smooth race! While Busch entered to win the first race of the new season in his hometown, he got slapped with a safety violation. It went down on lap 102, while Rajah Caruth, Kyle Busch, Nick Sanchez, and Ty Majeski were diving into the pits from the top 10.

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Both Ty Majeski and Nick Sanchez got busted for speeding on entry, while at the same time, NASCAR called out Kyle Busch for a safety no-no. He had to drop to the tail as a consequence. However, this isn’t the first time Busch has been in hot water for safety issues. Back in 2021, he got fined for a safety violation, actions that went against the spirit of stock car racing, and for not following NASCAR’s conduct rules at Darlington. Back then, Busch mowed down several orange safety cones at high speed while fans scrambled to get out of the way of his #18 Toyota [in JGR]. As a result, Kyle Busch, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, was slapped with a hefty $50,000 fine for his antics at Darlington Raceway.

Prior to that, back in 2017, NASCAR benched three of Busch’s team members for four races when a tire decided to part ways with the #18 car during the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The pit crew lifted the car too soon, leaving the left rear tire unattached, which then rolled away as Busch lapped Dover International Speedway. Crew chief Adam Stevens, tire changer Jacob Seminara, and tire carrier Kenneth Barber were sidelined for the next four races.

Well, the penalty for his latest slip-up hasn’t been dropped yet, but it’s sure to be a wake-up call for Busch. Still, it’s going to be something to watch his gun for a win in the Cup Series at Las Vegas, pulling out all the stops to break his losing streak.

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Setting his sight on snagging a Cup victory in Las Vegas with all he’s got

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Kyle Busch as of now is just a whisker ahead in the standings, with a single point separating him from William Byron and Austin Cindric from Team Penske as they gear up for Sunday’s showdown. His journey to the leaderboard kicked off with a 12th-place showing at Daytona, followed by a nail-biting third-place in the three-way sprint to the finish at Atlanta last Sunday. The highest Busch ever got in the standings during his debut season with Childress was third, after the Atlanta race last July.

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It’s been a hot minute since Busch led the points race, not since bagging his second Cup championship back in 2019, which was 145 races ago with Joe Gibbs Racing. Now, he’s eyeing his first win of the season right in his backyard, where his track record includes 25 Cup Series starts and a lone victory back in 2009. Though wins have been scarce, he’s consistently been in the mix, with 15 top-10 finishes and an average 10th-place finish. His recent form in Vegas has been solid, with five top-five finishes in his last six outings at the track.

Busch often looks back fondly on his 2009 triumph, notable for being the only driver to clinch a win starting from pole position in Las Vegas.

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Neha Dwivedi is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As a journalist, she religiously believes in the power of research, which allows her readers to dive deep into her stories and experience the detailed nuances of the sport like never before. Being proficient with Core Sport and Live Event Coverage, she has written multiple copies on the top entities of Stock Car Racing, like Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Tony Stewart.
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