It didn’t take long for the commotion to strike in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
William Byron and Aric Almirola were battling for the third position after the green banner waved when Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro got free, pummeling into the side of Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang, sending the Stewart-Haas Racing driver into the outside divider.
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“The 24 just got free under me,” Almirola said of the occurrence. “He attempted to get moving on the underlying begin. He spun his tires and after that was simply free and crazy that entire first lap. When we went down thus 1 he lost it under me and cleared us out. I’m really baffled. You work all end of the week, all week preparing for the occasion and to make it one lap is somewhat uncalled for, so I’m disillusioned, disappointed, yet life goes on. We’ll go to Richmond.”
Almirola chalked up the end result for Byron’s naiveté — the Hendrick Motorsports driver is in his second year of Cup obligation.
“I think he began to freeze since he began to lose spots on the begin since he spun his tires on the begin, and presumably a smidgen over his head with the tire weights and everything not coming up and he simply lost it,” Almirola said. “He got free underneath me, lost it and ran directly into the side of us and destroyed us. Some portion of that accompanies understanding, I surmise, at the same time, in any case, it doesn’t change the result for us today.”
That occurrence unleashed ruin for Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as things piled up further in the field. Stenhouse Jr. was unfit to moderate his No. 17 Ford Mustang sufficiently brisk, hammering into the back of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Camry. The contact sent Busch for a slide down the front stretch, leaving substantial harm on both Stenhouse Jr’s. front guard and Busch’s back guard. Busch began the race in seventeenth, while Stenhouse Jr. took off from the nineteenth position.
Almirola went to the carport and was accomplished throughout the afternoon while Byron, Busch, and Stenhouse stayed in the race, however, Stenhouse was numerous laps down.