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Wreck ends Busch's hopes of tripleheader sweep

June 01, 2014, Staff report,

Contact from Bowyer crushes No. 18 Toyota

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DOVER, Del. -- Kyle Busch's chances at a tripleheader sweep ended on Lap 125 of the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday as Clint Bowyer moved up into his line, sending the No. 18 into the outside wall.

Busch had won Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.


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Following the wreck, the 29-year-old driver wouldn't respond to his team on the radio, prompting crew chief Dave Rogers to ask if he was OK.

"I know you're pissed," Rogers said over the radio. "Talk to me -- I can't see you, can't hear you."

Busch again wouldn't respond, but appeared to try and catch up with Bowyer -- perhaps to give him a bump -- under the caution flag before Rogers called him off.

"Be smart here Kyle," he said, then went on to tell the driver to "just stop." Busch was running third when the accident happened, and he was later told that the wreck wasn't Bowyer's fault -- the driver was cleared by his spotter.

Bowyer's spotter, Brett Griffin, confirmed that on his team's radio. "I feel like (expletive)," he said.

Earlier in the race, Busch became the 15th driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history with 10,000 career laps led. He led 81 on Sunday to reach the career milestone.

Busch didn't speak to anyone other than his crew chief as he walked back to his motorhome, with his wife Samantha Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs following behind him in a cart. Rogers also declined comment.

Bowyer suffered some damage to the rear right side of his car, but was able to continue racing.

"We've got some options here, just do your best," crew chief Brian Pattie told his driver as they prepared to restart. "Next caution we'll work on it some more."


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