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Stock Car Scoop: Did Poor NASCAR Officiating Rain on Kyle Busch at New Hampshire?

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their one and only stop of the season at the Magic Mile. Moments after the race began, there was chaos as race leader Kyle Busch wrecked along with several others behind him. A NASCAR officiating decision kept the race under green-flag conditions, a choice Busch strongly felt caused the incident. Moisture on the track caused him to lose grip several laps after he and other drivers complained of rain seeping into the one-mile oval.

How can NASCAR officiating improve in situations like this one? What can the sanctioning body do differently to avoid further controversy? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop. Also on the agenda: how did Aric Almirola’s upset victory shake up the NASCAR playoff race with four races remaining and which driver should be the most concerned about potentially losing their postseason bid?


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Seeping !!! I saw it pouring on the windshields in turns one and two. Listen to the driver’s scanners, they all were reporting it. You bet Nascar rained on Kyle Busch’s parade. No question about it.


That’s OK. NA$CAR decisions have gifted Baby Busch more than one win.

Bill B

For sure. NASCAR blundered. Kyle just happened to be the guy who it got the worst of it.

Eddie White

I was at the track, sitting in the Concord (turn 1) grandstands and it was pouring rain for almost two laps before the crash! The drivers were screaming on the radio for a caution, and it was ignored. Completely irresponsible on the part of NASCAR. Many people in the stands felt as though NASCAR let it happen, either out of complete negligence, or possibly something more nefarious… Anyone whose been caught out on a wet race track with slick tires knows that its an extremely dangerous situation.


It’s almost like its going to take someone getting killed again for them to change their ways.


The one camera along the wall had rain drops on it. It was misting before they threw the green flag. The radar showed that the rain was coming. Where they trying to get in 10 laps before they stopped for rain. Just a completely bungled call all around.

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