Three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers suffer misfortune at Bristol

Matt Kenseth leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Matt Kenseth leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.

To say it was an up and down day for Joe Gibbs Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday is an understatement.  While JGR driver Carl Edwards celebrated his first victory of the year the other three drivers in the four car stable had days they would rather soon forget.

The trouble started early and began with defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch winner of two straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, saw his streak snapped after flat tires sent him into the wall. He blew a right front tire while running third on lap 52 and hit the wall bringing out the first of 15 cautions.  He would later spin exiting turn 2 after contact with another car and bringing out caution three.  He was able to continue but sent to the rear of the field due to a speeding penalty.  Then on lap 260 Busch again lost a tire and hit the wall hard.

“We just kept getting tighter in the long run,” Busch said as his crew tried to repair his car in the garage.

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