Kyle Busch takes another jab at Goodyear NASCAR tires after Bristol crash
Kyle Busch dished out another slight jab towards Goodyear after two blown right front tires knocked him out of the Food City 500 on Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch first suffered a tire failure on Lap 209 but had recovered to a spot inside the top-10 on Lap 384 when another blown right front sent him hard into the Turn 4 wall. The damage was so severe that the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion had to go behind the wall and retire from the race.
Busch had infamously chastised Goodyear for tires that ‘don’t hold air’ during the Daytona 500 and has taken several shots at the sole tire manufacturer this season. He again didn’t hold back when asked what more he needed to cross into the top-5 before the incident.
“I didn’t need anything,” Busch said. “I was the fastest one out there those last two runs picking cars off and driving from the back to the front after we lost our track position the first time.
“We had our issues and we were trying to march our way back up towards the front and get there and thought we were doing a good job of that and trying to be conservative with the tires because obviously they can’t make it through a full distance for us for some reason.”
A Goodyear official said that both problems were similar in nature, related to the beads, but stated specifically that they hadn’t melted. In short, the translation seemed to be that it was a set-up decision that bit the No. 18 Cup Series team on Monday.
“I don’t know,” Busch said. “I don’t know if it’s fundamentally wrong what we’re doing, but it seems like all the rest of our five (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars are fine.”
Busch finished 35th.