Kyle Busch Wins a Wild Race in Fontana
By looking at the box score it looks like Kyle Busch cruised to the victory after leading a race-high 125 laps, but it was much harder than it looked. Busch went from third to first in the last corner to win the race.
Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were battling hard for the win when they made contact in turn four and they both crashed. Busch flew by on the high-side to take the lead and the win.
Hamlin and Logano got into it last week in Bristol and that resulted in a shoving match between their teams. Hamlin called Logano out as a driver, and Logano responded by running up front all race long. He led 41 laps on the day.
Logano was leading in the final laps when Hamlin caught him. Logano got loose coming off of turn four coming to take the white flag and Hamlin gave him a bump. They came off of turn two and made a lot of contact. The two drove side-by-side into turn three and made even more contact. They got sideways exiting turn four and the wreck started from there. Logano hit the outside wall and spun, but Hamlin took the worst of the wreck. He spun towards the inside wall and hit hard at an area that does not have a SAFER Barrier. Hamlin got out of the car under his own power, but he immediately went down to the ground. He was put on a backboard and was airlifted to a local hospital for further evaluation. Logano finished third. Hamlin finished 26th.
The new Gen-6 race car put on a show at a track that many feel is one of the worst on the schedule. Drivers were able to pass all over the track, and some were able to come from the back to the front.
Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle qualified up front but changed their engines and had to start in the rear. Both quickly made their way to the front. But then Keselowski was caught speeding on pit road and had to go to the back again. He made his way back to the front and was in the top-10 before he fell off the pace with just a few laps to go. Biffle finished sixth, but Keselowski finished 23rd.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.