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Notes: Chasers Take A Beating In Practice

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 5 2013

Kyle Busch's wrecked car is towed back to the garages Saturday morning. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was a tough day to be a Chase driver Saturday at Kansas Speedway. It was a really tough day to be a Busch.

The Sprint Cup cars took to the track for practice at 10 a.m. Saturday for the first practice of they. Almost immediately, cars being driven by championship contenders began to spin.

First to go, just minutes into the session, was Kyle Busch, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver who is third in points. Busch’s car spun and smacked hard into a wall. The car was wrecked and a backup car was unloaded from the team hauler.

Not long afterward, Kurt Busch wrecked his Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. That car, too, was wrecked and replaced by a backup car. In that incident, Busch was behind the car of Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose car lost grip and wiggled. Busch reacted and spun.

Kyle Busch had qualified 18th and brother Kurt 19th for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

A couple minutes later, points leader Matt Kenseth took a spin. Kenseth kept the JGR off the wall and was able to rejoin the practice.

Temperatures had dropped into the 50s Saturday morning after a cold front blew in Friday night fueling speculation that Kyle Busch spin was a result of cold tires.

Two Cup practices were held Saturday. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had fastest lap in the morning practice with a lap at 186.027 mph. Kenseth was second fastest and Juan Pablo Montoya was third.

In the afternoon pratice, Carl Edwards, Stenhouse’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, was fastest at 184.982 mph. Paul Menard of Richard Childress Racing was second fastest and defending series champion Brad Keselowski third.

Steve Herbst, NASCAR vice president of broadcasting and production, issued the following statement Saturday afternoon.

“Despite speculation over the last month that NASCAR’s new television agreement could be pushed up to the start of the 2014 season, NASCAR has informed our broadcast partners today that FOX, Turner and ESPN will finish the current term as originally planned. While we were humbled by the desire of NBC and FOX to start 12 months early, we now consider this matter closed and look forward to finishing our current agreement in 2014 with our great partners at FOX, Turner and ESPN.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 5 2013
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