It was a hot, sticky day in New Hampshire for the second race of the postseason, and Kyle Busch pulled away late for the win to advance to the Round of 12.
Playoff drivers in need of a good performance were feeling the pressure early, and many of them were having issues early in the race. Kevin Harvick had some troubles with his car and said his No. 4 was getting “worse and worse” each lap.
“We’re a hunk of (expletive),” Harvick said. “Every lap just gets worse and worse and worse.”
Later, Harvick was involved in a major crash with Austin Dillon that included five playoff drivers and several others. Martin Truex Jr. said Jeffrey Earnhardt sideswiped him. Dillon said he didn’t know what he was supposed to do and couldn’t avoid the collision with Harvick.
Denny Hamlin had a loose wheel issue early in Stage 3, and Clint Bowyer had the funniest line of the day about his car: “This thing’s a (expletive) turd.”
His crew didn’t know what he meant and couldn’t understand him, but it’s clear he wasn’t pleased with his car.
Danica Patrick was displeased after Landon Cassill hit the back of her car.
“What the (expletive) is he doing?” Patrick said. “Going to hell in a handbag out here! I mean I’m (expletive) racing the No. 34 for crying out loud.
I mean I get that you’re scared to try something, but at some point you gotta know what to do.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some issues late in the race, and Denny Hamlin wasn’t pleased about it.
“Let the 88 know he’s dragging and dropping (expletive) all over the racetrack,” Hamlin said. “Sparks are flying out the bottom of his car right now.”
Busch eventually won the race comfortably, and while he was a lock to advance anyway, his win sets that in stone.