Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Kyle Busch becomes another SRX debutant winner

Paul Tracy is still not making any friends out there. In fact, he might have driven one out of the Superstar Racing Experience.

The longtime IndyCar driver continued to antagonise his fellow drivers during Thursday night’s race at Pulaski County Motorsports Park after coming down to block Josef Newgarden on lap 89, only to trigger a massive stack-up that also collected Ken Schrader and Hailie Deegan. Tracy had developed a “bad boy” reputation during his IndyCar career, and has not done much to mend that image in SRX especially around Schrader: he spun Schrader in the second heat during the season opener at Stafford before the two tangled again at the last week’s Stafford #2 round.

Schrader, who committed to the full season, kept his comments on Tracy succinct: “I’m not running another race with him. I’m done.”

Tracy defended the action as he and Newgarden had bumped into each other multiple times throughout the night before he “got a nose ahead of him, a half-car length ahead of him, and I just got hooked and turned sideways down the straightaway. It was just hard racing at the end there, ten laps to go.”

In front of the quarrel, Kyle Busch won in his series début without breaking a sweat. He took the lead from fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart on lap 70 of the final and cruised to victory, joining colleague Denny Hamlin as drivers to win their first SRX race in 2023. Clint Bowyer, the Heat #2 winner, got by his former boss Stewart for second on the restart post-Tracy accident.

Busch is not racing for the SRX title and his second and final race will be at Berlin on 3 August.

Pulaski County Motorsports Park was previously known as Motor Mile Speedway, as was the case when SRX revealed the 2023 schedule, before being renamed in May.

Race results

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 51 Kyle Busch 100
2 07 Clint Bowyer 100
3 14 Tony Stewart 100
4 6 Brad Keselowski 100
5 39 Ryan Newman 100
6 06 Hélio Castroneves 100
7 18 Bobby Labonte 100
8 5 Hailie Deegan 100
9 1 Marco Andretti 100
10 3 Paul Tracy 89
11 2 Josef Newgarden 89
12 52 Ken Schrader 89

Heat #1

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 1 Marco Andretti 20
2 51 Kyle Busch 20
3 6 Brad Keselowski 20
4 18 Bobby Labonte 20
5 14 Tony Stewart 20
6 3 Paul Tracy 20
7 2 Josef Newgarden 20
8 06 Hélio Castroneves 20
9 5 Hailie Deegan 20
10 52 Ken Schrader 20
11 39 Ryan Newman 20
12 07 Clint Bowyer 19

Heat #2

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 07 Clint Bowyer 20
2 39 Ryan Newman 20
3 52 Ken Schrader 20
4 06 Hélio Castroneves 20
5 14 Tony Stewart 20
6 5 Hailie Deegan 20
7 3 Paul Tracy 20
8 6 Brad Keselowski 20
9 18 Bobby Labonte 20
10 1 Marco Andretti 20
11 51 Kyle Busch 20
12 2 Josef Newgarden 20
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