The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race that took place on July 19, 2020, at Texas Motos Speedway was certainly a memorable one. A race where, despite being part of a crash and slipping onto the grassy patches, Kyle Busch finished fourth. It was his eighth Top-5 finish.
At the restart on lap 218 of 334, Ryan Blaney was leading the race, but he suddenly lost control of his car off Turn 4 and the field behind him started to build up. It was a moment of total chaos as all the drivers were trying to avoid a potential crash.
As a result, out of the fleet of cars that had built up, Aric Almirola nudged Kyle Busch, who further went on to hit his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr. in the rear.
While Truex’s #19 Toyota lost control and hit the outer-wall, Busch’s #18 went the other way onto the grassy area.
Not only that, the crash engulfed 12 cars, including that of Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher, William Byron, and Kurt Busch. Also involved were Cole Custer, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Bubba Wallace.
Truex, with the help of a few repairs here and there, was somehow able to scrape through to a 32nd-place finish.
Busch, upon being asked how he managed to run the race after heading to the grass and still finish fourth, in typical Kyle Busch fashion, said, “KFB.”
Kyle Busch needed to secure a win at the Charlotte Roval to advance to the playoffs failed to do so. As a result, he became the first defending champion to be knocked out before the Round of 8 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
It was the kind of day that pretty much summed up his winless season. He saw everything from running out of fuel to his teammates going past him. Busch finally ended the race with a 30th place finish.
October 25th, 2020, Sunday, Texas will again be the venue for the second race of the Round of 8.
Joey Logano has already won at Kansas and secured for himself a ‘championship 4’berth at Phoenix. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick is still looking for a spot in the final race. Chase Elliott, who won at Charlotte, is outside the playoff spot, after finishing sixth.
Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr. find themselves in a rather tight spot going into the remaining two races.