NASCAR teams turned to their largest redesign in 40 years with their next generation racing car in hopes of drumming up excitement for the sport and keeping fans from switching to stock car leagues like the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
It’s a gamble for the series, but so far it’s all going well.
Permanent setback coming for Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch will start second Saturday, giving him the chance to come back from injury and ride in a multi-car wreck. It will be the first time the Stewart-Haas Racing driver will start so far back from the beginning. “I’m a veteran, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons from numerous accidents. I’m still hoping that the angels will bring it out just right and the racetrack will throw us all off and shake it up a little bit,” Busch said. Busch is five races removed from breaking his left leg and right foot when he crashed out of a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona. He returned to action on Sept. 3 and finished 15th in a Truck Series race at Wisconsin. “Hopefully the results of the race will bring excitement to the sport and, hopefully, bring a lot of new fans to the sport,” he said. “We’re going to try and get as many people out there on the racetrack in record numbers as we can.”
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