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Kyle Busch crashes during Indianapolis tire test

The Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway came to an early end for Kyle Busch as he crashed during Tuesday's session.

The Richard Childress Racing driver crashed in Turn 2 according to a user on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Goodyear later confirmed that a tire failure did not cause the crash.

Busch climbed from the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro under his own power. The staff at the infield care center evaluated and released him.

Busch, who has two wins in the Brickyard 400 Cup Series race, was one of three test drivers on-site as Goodyear hones in on the tire compound for the July 20-21 return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Denny Hamlin represented Toyota while Todd Gilliland represented Ford.

Hamlin provided his thoughts on the tire test, expressing optimism about the type of racing the fans could see during July's Cup race.

"I think that this car is made better for the oval, in my opinion," Hamlin said, per Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I believe that it's got enough drag where drafting will be a factor when it comes down to it.

"I think that -- generally speaking -- I think that restarts are going to be crazy and it's going to be about track position, execution on pit road, and it's going to be who can master the short run and long run."

NASCAR's top series raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval every season from 1994-2020. Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Cup race on the 2.5-mile track. Kevin Harvick won the last two Cup races on the Indianapolis oval.

NASCAR moved the series to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in 2021 and remained on that layout through the 2023 season. AJ Allmendinger won the inaugural Cup race on the Indy road course.

Tyler Reddick and Michael McDowell split the other two races on the road course.

NASCAR announced last September that the 2.5-mile oval would return to the schedule after a three-year hiatus. The return would coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Cup race at Indianapolis.