It was an unexpectedly hot, humid day last Sunday in Charlotte for the Bank of America 500, and the first race in the Round of 12, and the remaining playoff drivers were feeling the heat both literally and figuratively.
Kyle Larson made a mistake on pit road early in the race, and crew chief Chad Johnston even asked him, “where are you going, bud?” Larson blamed himself, and it cost him several spots.
Ryan Newman’s car went up in flames in Stage 1, and his day came to an early end. “We’re done, (expletive),” he said.
Danica Patrick had some issues early, and she said, “what the (expletive) did you do to me? I’m all over the place. I mean this thing’s a piece of (expletive).”
Danica Patrick and David Ragan were involved in a crash in the final stage, and Patrick said, “I (expletive) clocked him with the right front.”
Debris from Kyle Busch’s car was all over the track in turns 3 and 4, but it took officials a little longer than expected to wave the caution flag.
“If NASCAR can’t see that, they’re blind,” said Larson.
Martin Truex Jr. had a great restart late that led him to his sixth win of the season and an automatic spot in the Round of 12. He said he didn’t think he was going to win the race when it started, and told his crew they were the best.