Busch Wrecks In Practice
June 7, 2008 | 6:07 P.M. EST
The NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader left after Saturday's final practice session (Happy Hour) to compete in the second leg of a NASCAR weekend triple in three different cities. Busch finished second in Friday night's Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
His schedule called for him to fly to Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday to qualify and race in the Federated Auto Parts 300. Afterwards, it's back to Pocono for Sunday's race, in which Busch will start from the back of the field because of the car change.
Steve Addington, Busch's Sprint Cup crew chief, said the team had made an adjustment late in the first session to correct a tight handling condition, but Busch spun in Turn 3 and hit the inside retaining wall as he was trying to turn down onto pit road.
Busch, who had qualified 10th on Friday, was 16th fastest at 162.967 mph in a Happy Hour session paced by Carl Edwards at 164.769 mph. Polesitter Kasey Kahne (164.102 mph) was second quickest in final practice. Busch left for Nashville without comment.
"He was disappointed," Addington said. "He felt like he disappointed us more than anything. He just kept apologizing. I told him, 'We're in this together; we win and lose them together.' That's why we bring a backup car, and the guys prepared it good."
Saturday's practice also was unkind to Sam Hornish Jr., Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer, all of whom were victims of on-track incidents. Of that trio, only Hornish will go to a backup on Sunday, after spinning through the grass in Turn 1 during Happy Hour and damaging the front end of his No. 77 Dodge. Damage to the Kurt Busch and Bowyer cars was cosmetic.
"We weren't good in practice all day," Hornish said. "We were trying a lot of things on our Mobil 1 Dodge to make it better. I just got loose going into Turn 1 and lost it."