Kurt Busch forced to backup after practice crash (VIDEO)

Kurt Busch on track during practice at Kansas Speedway (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch on track during practice at Kansas Speedway (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch on track during practice at Kansas Speedway (Getty Images)

Chase hopeful Kurt Busch has been having a bad weekend at Kansas Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver struggled in Friday’s qualifying, securing a 15th place starting spot for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

After final practice on Saturday however, Busch will be starting from the rear of the field.

As the red flag waved to end the session, Busch was exiting turn 4 when he spun and slid through the infield grass along the frontstretch. The driver later reported his right front tire blew causing the car to spin.  The front of his Chevy didn’t appear to have heavy damage, but it was enough to force the team to pull out the backup car for Sunday.

Busch was second in the first practice Saturday, and was third in the final practice.  Busch was third here in May, and while he has not won at Kansas, his best finish here came in 2013. Busch finished second after starting from the rear of the field.

Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick had a scare during the final 50-minute practice session. Harvick got loose out of turn 4 and started to spin, but was able to save it. He did brush the wall, and the caution came out, but there was no serious damage and Harvick returned to the track and was 13th-fastest in the field.

Pole winner Matt Kenseth was fastest in final practice at 186.36. Paul Menard led the first practice Saturday with a speed of 184.672.


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