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Bristol Breaks Busch’s Winning Streak

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch hardly had a chance for three consecutive wins.

Hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 260 following a blown right front tire was the knockout punch, but Busch had fought an uphill battle on Sunday prior to the accident. The five-time Bristol winner felt he had an M&M’s Toyota Camry to contend for a sixth, but two blown tires, a spin, and speeding penalty never gave him a chance to show it.

“I just kept getting tighter in the long run, not sure why that was. We had a really great car yesterday, and we were fastest in practice,” Busch said, who was running 10th at the time of the accident. “I felt really good about things for today. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

“I hate it for all these guys, all the work and effort and everybody at M&M’s – all our M&M’s and Mars associates. Not a day we were hoping for. We had a really fast car. We drove up from the back to the front a couple times and showed what we were made of, but obviously, it doesn’t matter when you’re in the garage.”

Busch entered the Food City 500 looking for his third consecutive Cup win and coming off two weekend sweeps, Martinsville and Texas. He had also finished outside the top four just once – a 25th at Fontana – in his previous seven starts this year.

Had Busch had won on Sunday he also would have tied Tony Stewart for the most wins by a single driver in Joe Gibbs Racing history. Busch currently has 32 victories with the company since he joined in 2008.

Busch blew his first right front tire on Lap 53 in Turn 2 and scraped the wall. After losing his track position, he then spun off the front bumper of Chris Buescher as he was making his way forward on Lap 117. Fortunately, he avoided contact with the wall, but he again was put in a position to claw through the field.

A speeding penalty soon after again forced Busch to the back of the field before his second right front tire blew. Goodyear attributed the first blown tire to a melted bead. However, they were unsure of an exact diagnosis on the second as it had slight differences from the first.

“Once I got single file after that last restart I was just cruising, I was just riding along and the car felt fine,” Busch said when asked if he had to push the car too hard, resulting in the tire issues. “I don’t know why it kept getting tighter and why we were blowing right fronts.”

Busch’s teammates, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin, also suffered blown tires.

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