Nascar Sprintcup Chase contender Kyle Busch crashes in practice

Chase contender Kyle Busch slapped the wall hard in the opening minutes of practice at Kansas Speedway on Saturday and will go to a backup car for this weekend’s race.

A few minutes later, his older brother Kurt Busch backed into the wall in Turn 2.

crash_small Nascar Sprintcup Chase contender Kyle Busch crashes in practice

Kyle Busch, who is third in points, had just gotten onto the track for practice when his car wiggled in the corner. He slapped hard into the outside wall, flattening one of the sides and crumpling the rear of his No. 18 Toyota.

He was released from the infield car center but did not speak to reporters.

Practice for Sunday’s race had just resumed when Kurt Busch got loose and backed into the wall. Busch, who is ninth in points, also will go to a backup.

 

Earnhardt encouraged and feeling no Chase pressure

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he isn’t feeling a lot of pressure in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Earnhardt has rebounded from an engine failure and 35th-place finish in the first week of the Chase with a pair of top-10 finishes. He says the last two weeks have been ”really encouraging” and that he had probably the best two cars he’s had all season. He started on the pole and finished second last week at Dover.

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During a charity appearance Thursday night at a barbecue joint about five miles from Texas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt said his team is ”swinging for the fences every weekend” with seven races left.

Earnhardt is 10th in the standings, 57 points behind leader Matt Kenseth going into Sunday’s race at Kansas.