Kyle Busch was forced to a backup car for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after he made contact with the Turn 2 wall in final practice.
Busch completed 12 consecutive laps and was second on the speed chart, and best in 10 consecutive lap averages, when he spun and hit the wall, which resulted in heavy damage to the right-rear of the No. 18 Toyota.
“Just got loose,” Busch said. “We were trying to run a run and the car was pretty good with fire off there. We ran some really good times and then just kept getting a little bit looser, a little bit looser. I tried to go back to the bottom and run the bottom to see how slow I had to be to go around the bottom and just snapped.”
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Busch was scheduled to start sixth on Sunday in what will be his 500th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
“I think it’ll be fine,” Busch said. “Obviously, I think the biggest unknown is just the backup car, but I trust in Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and my guys and everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing that we’ll be fine and it’ll just have to be a managed race – a differently managed race than what we expected from yesterday’s qualifying.”