Kyle Busch has been having a nice run of good luck lately. But during Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, his run of good luck came to an end. Not only did he end up finishing in 29th place but he required medical attention after the race.
Why? Well, as interesting as that is. It isn’t the most interesting part of the story. He told his crew he would need medical assistance once the race finished when there was still 50 laps to go.
The fact that Busch even finished the race is amazing after hitting the outside wall three times during the race. The first time (around Lap 137) ended up putting him two laps behind. Between that collision and the others, his crush panels were damaged so much that the temperature inside the car skyrocketed.
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With 50 laps to go he could tell where things were headed o he radioed into his crew so they could be ready for him once the race was over.
“He was hot, really hot. And he said that in the car towards the end of the race, I’m going to need some help,” team owner Joe Gibbs said (via MotorSports.com). “The emergency group did a good job. I think he was fine. He stood up and said he felt OK.”
Busch was treated for dehydration and eventually released from the infield care center.
“I’m alright, I’m better now. I got heat soaked and felt like I had heat stroke just from being inside the race car for 200 laps with the crush panels knocked out of it,” Busch said after being released from the infield care center.
His perseverance is admirable, but at the same time, stupid. As nice as it was for him to finish, his health is more important. He’s lucky nothing serious happened.