Heading into the first Green-White-Checkered attempt of the 65th Great American Race, it seemed as though RCR driver, Kyle Busch had it made with teammate, Austin Dillion, right behind up. That wasn’t the case, however, as Busch got off to a slow restart and the outside line flashed their momentum.
As drivers up top leapt to the bottom, Kyle Busch checked up and was slammed from behind by his teammate in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy. This got Busch out of shape and, as the bottom line got bottled up, all heck broke loose. William Byron in the Hendrick Motorsports #24 got into the back of the elder Dillon and got him sideways.
They stacked up quickly after that.
You Need To Know:
- This was the first points-paying race for Kyle Busch at RCR who was hired at the insistence of his new teammate and grandson of car owner, Richard Childress.
- Busch’s sluggish restart followed by the violent shove by Dillion from behind was what started the whole accident.
- Busch, having left JGR, a place he had been at for 15 years, gave him a lot of fan support. But, as he somewhat triggered this incident, it took out a lot of fan-favorites as well, including 7-time NASCAR Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson.