Talladega Speedway claimed another victim. Kurt Busch, the NASCAR driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet car, suffered a mechanical issue that led to his tires bursting into flames. By some miracle, Busch and his team salvaged the car. And the driver is currently racing from seven laps behind.
Watch the video from a Tweet posted by the NASCAR account. The scene did not bode well for Busch’s victory hopes, but thankfully it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt.
The NASCAR account provided an update a few minutes after reporting that Busch’s race was over.
Kyle Busch is Competing for a Win in Iconic NASCAR Race
While Kurt’s mechanical issues have likely taken him out of contention to win the Talladega race, his younger brother is very much still in the mix.
Kyle Busch is currently in 14th place, driving the No. 18 Toyota car. He’s roughly 1 and a half seconds back from the lead with coming up on 50 laps to go.
Talladega Speedway is a Beast
Following a major Joey Logano crash and further collisions in late Stage 2, the Geico 500 at Talladega Speedway has become anyone’s race. Just a few minutes ago, NASCAR reported that Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Martin Truex, Jr. got stacked up and spun each other out.
“That wasn’t a question of if, it was a matter of when,” one of the broadcasters said.
The Talladega Speedway is known for its twists, turns, and traffic jams. Cars bunch together and it makes for some pretty explosive collisions. Denny Hamlin, who is currently 1st in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, talked about what makes the track so difficult in 2017.
“There’s no right way to do it or wrong way to do it – that’s why so many drivers have been caught in wrecks at Talladega. No one has it figured out. And I don’t think that you can figure it out because there are so many moving parts, and there’s many other drivers out there that have their own agenda,” Hamlin said.
The Geico 500 at Talladega began at 2 p.m. ET today and was won by Brad Keselowski.