The Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has gotten off to a horrendous start for Kyle Busch and the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing team. Busch’s day came to an end after he drove his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in reverse for nearly a mile back to pit road.
Busch had been complaining that it felt like he had a right front tire that had gone flat, but his team attempted to get him to limp the car around for the final few laps of the opening Stage of the race.
On Lap 74, the No. 8 car finally lost traction in Turns 1 and 2, and Busch went backward and slammed hard into the outside wall.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 24, 2023
And here is a video of the long drive in reverse back to pit road that Busch pulled off:
Disaster for Kyle Busch, who had been telling his team he felt something was wrong with his car. Lost control in Turns 1 and 2 and backed it into the outside wall very hard. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/M5WZsk88y4
— Toby Christie (@Toby_Christie) September 24, 2023
Busch came into the day as the sixth seed in the Round of 12, but his ranking will certainly take a hit after his massive hit into the outside wall on Lap 74.