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Kyle Busch’s Spotter is Left Infuriated as NASCAR Fans Question Richard Childress Partnership

Published 04/14/2024, 9:49 AM EDT

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Even though Kyle Busch’s weekend started with a bang, his hopes met a major fiery crash during Saturday’s practice session. After clinching his 66th victory in Friday’s Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch hoped to carry the winning momentum into the Cup race. However, a disaster struck during practice, leaving his fans as well as his spotter infuriated.

During the Cup practice session, as Kyle Busch navigated Texas Motor Speedway’s first corners, his #8 Chevrolet suddenly lost traction, sending him into a long spin. His car backed into the sidewall and that caused a lot of damage. As a result, his car was emitting a lot of smoke and burst into flames a few seconds in.

The whole incident took place while the driver navigated the first set of corners. This situation forced Richard Childress Racing to scramble, preparing a backup car for Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 race.

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It’s important to note that this incident adds to Busch’s struggles in the 2024 Cup Series. His 2024 performance is in stark contrast to his three wins in his debut season with RCR in 2023. So far, he has managed just one top-5 finish after eight races and this isn’t impressing NASCAR fans. And after the car-spin issue, people are really doubtful about Busch’s move to RCR.

NASCAR fans question Richard Childress Racing!

As soon as news about Kyle Busch’s car erupting in flames made it online, fans across the globe began pouring in their views. Moreover, Rowdy’s spotter, Derek Kneeland, also took to his X account to express his frustration with a single emoji.

Furthermore, fans, who were already divided on the Busch-RCR pairing, took to social media to express their frustrations and concerns. A few speculated that Spire Motorsports might be a better match for Busch. But let us not forget how he had a great start with RCR. He even secured three wins. But slowly his performance dropped.

Now, as per the driver’s previous admission, subpar simulators were the reason for his performance declining. “The short track stuff has definitely been our struggle. Everybody nowadays relies so much on simulation and all that stuff, but the sim stuff has kinda thrown us the wrong way,” he opined.

Also, the team has made several changes within the pit crews. And these important changes seemed to have ruined some of Busch’s races. Even Austin Dillon experienced similar issues. This led to even more changes in the pit crew. “The organizational changes were made to help Richard Childress Racing’s overall NASCAR Cup Series program as we prepare for the rest of the season and locking two teams into the NASCAR Playoffs,” RCR VP Andy Petree said.

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Kyle Busch now faces two daunting tasks before Sunday’s Cup Series race. First, the RCR driver needs to overcome his car issues, and second, he needs to find a way to get out of his performance slump. Rowdy’s weekend in Texas has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride until now. After clinching an exciting Truck race and destroying his car the very next day, it will be interesting to see what Sunday’s Cup race holds for him. What do you think?

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. With a portfolio of over 500 articles, she is highly regarded for her ability to provide a nuanced and balanced perspective on the sport. With a Master's Degree in English literature, Devyani places great importance on the power of words and their ability to connect with readers.
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Shreya Singh