NASCAR at New Hampshire: Kurt Busch's playoff hopes in trouble after big wreck
Kurt Busch will need a win next Sunday at Dover if he is to advance to the Round of 12 in the NASCAR playoffs after being involved in a multi-car wreck near the end of the second stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.
Kevin Harvick spun on Lap 150 of the ISM Connect 300, creating smoke and chain-reaction wrecks that collected Austin Dillon, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr., bringing out the red flag for just over 13 minutes.
“As I got sideways, tried to get the car whoa’d down and pointed in the right direction and it snapped back the other way,” Harvick told NBC Sports. “Once I turned back right, I was in trouble. I should have just kept it left.”
Added Busch: “I don’t know what to say,” Busch told NBC Sports. “We were just trying to limp it to (the end of) Stage 2. I heard cars spinning in Turn 2 in my ear (team radio), I saw smoke up ahead … As soon as the smoke cleared, I’m looking at Harvick’s door, my teammate.
“We’re running for playoffs, both of us. It’s just a shame. We were still going to fight all the way to the end and now we don’t have a chance. I don’t understand the bad luck we’re having.”
After the wreck Harvick dropped to 10th in the standings while Busch was last at 16th. The top 12 drivers move on after the Oct. 1 race at Dover.