Violent wreck wipes out Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Both Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott had been running in the top 10 for most of Sunday afternoon’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Busch lost control of his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in Turn 4 on Lap 183 of 267.

Busch’s car collected the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott and eliminated both vehicles from the race.

“I was running the low groove, and it just stepped out on me,” Busch explained. “I wasn’t even trying to fill the hole or go 100 percent. I had it at 90 percent, and I knew Chase was going to be on my outside and it was just that quick.

“We were back there in the dirty air, but Turn 4, I always know it is slick and I wasn’t even pushing through there and it stepped out on me. Ruined his day, ruined my day. I hate it for all the Chase Elliott fans and the Kurt Busch fans and my hometown fans.

“I wasn’t even pushing hard. I knew we had one more stop and then we were going to go. It just stepped out on me. It’s ridiculous.”

The wreck was emblematic of Busch’s struggles at his home track. He has one career top five at the 1.5-mile speedway—a third in 2005.

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