WATCH: Kurt Busch Hits the Wall and His Car Catches Fire in Darlington NASCAR Throwback Race

Published 05/10/2021, 2:15 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; The car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) catches fire after wrecking during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington has just concluded. Martin Truex Jr took his third win of the season at the Track Too Tough to Tame.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, there was plenty of chaos unfolding around him, and poor old Kurt Busch was one of the victims. The #1 driver clattered the inside wall on the front stretch.

Apparently, the damage was so bad that the car caught fire, just like in Talladega. Some suspected that the oil line got severed, and it appeared that this happened often to the Chip Ganassi Racing car.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

While he was alongside Matt DiBenedetto, Busch got loose and spun towards the inside wall.

There was no indication of contact between DiBenedetto and Busch, but some suspected that Bubba Wallace tagged him. It is also worth noting that Wallace and Busch were fighting for the free pass. Sadly, that spelled the end of Kurt Busch’s race, while Bubba Wallace finished in a disappointing 21st.

 

 

Kurt Busch was not the only driver in trouble

Aside from Busch, Aric Almirola spun and went nose-first into the wall, ending his race. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch also encountered some trouble after his tyre blew and he drifted towards the outside wall.

After a small brush, Busch’s #18 Joe Gibbs Racing car spun, but managed to escape any further impact. It was quite gutting, as he was one lap away from completing 18,000 laps in the lead.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

During Stage 2, Cole Custer almost had a similar crash. The only difference was that Anthony Alfredo got loose and clipped Custer’s car, sending him into the wall. Meanwhile, Truex Jr dominated the first two stages and rounded them off with the overall victory.

Somewhere behind him, Kyle Larson pulled off a daring move when he squeezed in between Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Larson tried his level best to hunt Truex Jr down, but it just was not enough. In the process, the Joe Gibbs driver became the first driver to win both stages and the final victory.

DIVE DEEPER

Kurt Busch Reveals How He Helped Kyle Busch Through Tough 2020 NASCAR Season: “Our Relationship Has Gotten Closer”

4 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

11979 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT