Tire-Gate? Elder Busch Caught With Extra Tires

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

In a story broke by FoxSports.com, it appears that Chase for the Sprint Cup contender and the 12th place qualifier for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire was caught snagging another team’s tires.

According to the story, the No. 2 Penske Racing team was using two fresh tires from the No. 64 Gunselman Motorsports Team. These two sticker tires were matched with two scuffed tires and led to Busch’s 12th place qualifying effort.

Crew chief Steve Addington called the ordeal a “mix-up”. To read his entire quote when asked about the issue, click here to read Lee Spencer’s full report on this story.

The current penalty for the infraction will be the loss of a set of tires during Saturday’s two practice sessions.

NASCAR will make a decision on whether more actions will take place as far as a penalty Saturday morning.

Regardless if there is more action taken by NASCAR or not, this is a rough way to begin the Chase for Kurt Busch. Also mistake or not, one would imagine that NASCAR officials will be paying a little closer attention to this team for the remainder of the playoffs.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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