WATCH: Kyle Busch and Michael McDowell Suffer Damage on First Lap of NASCAR Daytona Road Course Race

Published 02/21/2021, 8:02 PM EST
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


There was a bit of drama during the NASCAR Cup Series race. Chase Elliott managed to rabbit away, but Michael McDowell was a little slower. Then, things went wrong for the Daytona 500 winner, as he out-braked himself and ran wide. Obviously, he lost a lot of positions. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch had some issues of his own in the midfield.

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In a near carbon copy of Ty Gibbs’ moment, Busch got forced into the grass and sustained damage. He said over the radio, “I went through (the grass) no worse than than Ty Gibbs went through and my sh*t is f*cking destroyed.”

As a result of this, the 2019 Cup Series champion dropped down the order like a stone.

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To try and salvage something from this race, the Joe Gibbs Racing team cut off the right front fender. Even the bear bond on the hood of the sides had to go. Obviously, this severely compromised his race, and cars were passing him, left and right.

How can Kyle Busch recover from this?

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The good news was that this took place in the opening stage, and the race was pretty long. So, with some sound strategy and some seriously determined driving, Busch could try and rescue his race.

Of course, this will not be easy, especially with an ailing car. In addition to that, trying to gun for a win could be out of question, considering that Chase Elliott was running away at the start. It didn’t help matters that McDowell had run wide and left a bit of a gap to Austin Dillon.

Hopefully, for the sake of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Busch can wrangle a decent result. Of course, the team also has Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell to rely on to pick up the slack.

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