RELATED: Race results " Updated standings A pair of pit-road fake-outs went horribly wrong for Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson during the eighth caution period of Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , spoiling the day for two drivers firmly running in the top five. Busch , a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs contender, feinted toward pit road after the yellow flag emerged for Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s third wall scrape of the day. When Busch tried to return to the race track to keep his third position, he bumped into second-place Larson, who was making his own lean toward pit road. The contact sent both Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet spinning at the pit entrance, with Busch's No. 18 Toyota skidding and clipping into the commitment cone. "What the (expletive) is he thinking?" Busch told his Joe Gibbs Racing crew over the radio. "He's never going to make the (expletive) commitment cone anyway." Larson later told his Chip Ganassi Racing crew over the radio: "I'm sure it doesn't matter, but please apologize as much as you can." After making multiple stops for repairs, Busch resumed the race in 23rd place with Larson 24th as the last two cars on the lead lap. Busch fared only slightly better after the contact, finishing 20th to Larson's 21st -- both a lap down. "I don’t know. Just can’t say enough about my guys -- all the work that they put into these things," Busch said. "They don't deserve to be put in these situations year in, year out, but we are for some reason. But it's tough and we're going to have to battle through with what we've got right now. I can’t say enough about what they did on pit road getting us back salvageable." Busch might've demurred when asked about the contact with Larson, but Adam Stevens, his crew chief, was more demonstrative, saying his plan all along was to keep his driver on the race track. "( Busch ) knew the call the whole time, he was just doing what he normally does," Stevens said. "The big question is what was the 42 (Larson) doing. There was no way, whether we were there or not, he turned down so late that he was going to hit the cone -- he was going to completely miss the cone on the right or maybe touch it with his left side somewhere, there was no way he was going to get under the cone. I don't know what he was doing, but you'll have that sometimes. I'm sure it wasn't intentional." Larson reiterated his apology post-race. "They told me to do what everybody around me was doing and the No. 22 (leader and eventual race winner Joey Logano ) was staying out, so I was committed to staying out," Larson said, "and as soon as I turned right to stay out they said pit, pit, pit. I hung a left and Kyle was there. I feel really terrible to ruin their day and hopefully it didn't hurt their chances of transferring through this round. I know they deserve a top-three finish for sure. I felt awful immediately and still do. I hate it."
RELATED: Full race results " Updated Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- Two of NASCAR's top drivers were adamant that oil not cleaned up from a previous incident led to each of them hitting the wall in separate incidents during Sunday's Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Both Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Kyle Busch bounced off the outside wall shortly after Justin Allgaier had brought out the day's seventh caution flag. "We all hit the wall," Earnhardt Jr. said after the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 28th in the opening race of the Contender Round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . "I hit the wall, the 2 (of Brad Keselowski ) hit the wall, then we went another lap. I pitted, a bunch of other guys hit the wall. "There was oil down there. It wasn't speedy dry (used to absorb fluids put down on the racing surface). I've raced this (expletive) for 20 years, I know what oil and speedy dry is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not speedy dry. There was oil up there." Earnhardt was already running outside the top 25 after an earlier incident had put his No. 88 Chevrolet in the wall. Allgaier's entry began slowing with smoke trailing out the rear of the No. 51 HScott Motorsports entry on Lap 182. Earnhardt said it might have been a "blown hose" that sprayed fluids across the track and that shadows cast by billboards ringing outside of the track could have made it difficult to see. "(Expletive), man, guys hit the fence, what do you want me to do?" Earnhardt said. "I hit the (expletive) wall. I know I hit oil. I hit it. I promise. I'll argue with (NASCAR) all day long because I know I'm right. They won't argue about it. ... They shouldn't want to argue about that. A lot of cars hit the wall down there." Busch's Toyota eventually slipped up and into the fence in the turn as well, continuing a day of misfortune for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. "You now, can't pass anybody -- single-lane race track and then you put oil on the top lane to try to make anything happen and then you put yourself in the fence, so thanks to NASCAR for cleaning that up," Busch said after finishing 20th. With two races remaining in the Contender Round, at Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway , Busch sits 10th and Earnhardt 11th in points. Only the top eight will advance to the three-race Eliminator Round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix), with a chance to be one of the final four to battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ) finished ninth and holds the No. 8 points position, 10 points ahead of Busch and 19 ahead of Earnhardt. Richard Buck, NASCAR Managing Director of the Sprint Cup Series, said afterward that officials "listen to our drivers and our spotters; we get calls all day long. We've got spotters around the track, officials, clean-up and stuff and we'll make the rounds over the radio. "In that instance we actually had men on the ground walking that high groove and they couldn't see anything," he said. Caution car driver Brett Bodine and official Buster Auton were also evaluating the condition of the racing surface in the area in question. "So we got the reports and we looked everywhere," Buck said, "including putting people on the ground walking the area where they said the oil was, and there was no oil. "Sometimes, with some of these lubricants … there is some staining to the track. We'll go back and do a double-check on that just to make sure; we did that today and we feel absolutely confident that there was no oil up in that very top groove or down below." Race winner Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) said there was radio chatter among his crewmen about possible oil on the track, but that he had no issues. "I was warned," Logano said. "My spotter did a great job warning me that people were talking about it, so when someone comes over the radio and says 'Hey, they're talking about oil in the middle of the race track,' then you probably shouldn't run in the middle of the race track." Sunday's race was run a day later than originally scheduled due to rain that washed out all on-track activity on Saturday.
Kyle Busch talks about a disappointing 20th finish after a rough day at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings after Charlotte NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" that he and other NASCAR officials "did not see oil" on the track during Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway "I can't debate Kyle ( Busch ) and (Dale Earnhardt) Junior," O'Donnell said, referencing the drivers' stating there was oil on the track. "They're in the race car, they say they hit it. It's not something we saw out there. We'll continue to talk to them and see what we can maybe improve on in the future. RELATED: Dale Jr., Busch question NASCAR clean-up efforts "We had personnel even out of the truck almost on their hands and knees out there to make sure there wasn't any (oil)," O'Donnell said. Both Busch and Earnhardt Jr. were adamant after the race that oil that wasn't cleaned up from a previous incident led to each of them hitting the wall in separate incidents. "We all hit the wall," Earnhardt Jr. said after the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 28th in the opening race of the Contender Round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . "I hit the wall, the 2 (of Brad Keselowski ) hit the wall, then we went another lap. I pitted, a bunch of other guys hit the wall. "There was oil down there. It wasn't speedy dry (used to absorb fluids put down on the racing surface). I've raced this (expletive) for 20 years, I know what oil and speedy dry is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not speedy dry. There was oil up there." O'Donnell also thanked fans for sticking it out until Sunday as, "we did not see a window at all," to get the race in during the rainy Saturday night for which the event was originally scheduled for. And as far as that long-awaited 2016 schedule, O'Donnell mentioned it's coming "very, very soon."
RELATED: Kahne- Busch incidents through the years CONCORD, N.C.—It looked like Kyle Busch would drive away to a victory in Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . But after leading 102 laps, Busch lost a top-two position on Lap 147 to race winner Austin Dillon and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones . Busch dropped back to third and was racing JR Motorsports and fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne for the position. Then on Lap 151, Busch and Kahne made contact in Turn 4 that sent "Rowdy" into the wall and brought out the third and final caution of the race. Kahne appeared to make contact with Busch's back bumper, which sent him up the track and into the wall. There had been more contact before that while the two were racing side-by-side over several laps. The Lap 151 contact was costly for both drivers, hurting either of their chances at a win, but the damage was worse for Busch , who suffered heavy damage to the right side of his No. 54 Toyota. That led Busch to say over the radio, "The most obvious dump I've ever seen." Busch brought his wounded machine to the garage, where he ended the night 47 laps down and with a 31st-place finish. Kahne, who finished 12th, was not quite sure why Busch was beating on his car before the accident, but he did offer up his perspective. " Kyle got mad because he got into it with his teammate on Turn 2 on the start and it shuffled him back to where I was," Kahne said after the race. "I'm racing to try and get by where he was. He's down on me in the corners and I'm against him on the straightaways just doing normal stuff and then he starts beating on me down the back and in the front. "I overdrove Turn 3, got into him. I don't know why he started beating on me other than I think he was frustrated because his teammate kind of used him up a little bit and then got away from him in Turn 2." With both drivers regulars in the sport's top series, does Kahne expect there to be payback Saturday night? "I would hope not," Kahne said. "I don't know why he would want to have that battle. What, he wrecked me five times a couple years ago? Put me in a bad position for those two years when he was doing that. I don't think he wants that battle on Sundays." And while both drivers will be back on track Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM), the two will likely not be on track in the XFINITY Series until next month at Phoenix International Raceway . Kahne is slated to be in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports that weekend, while Busch has been making regular starts in the No. 54 Toyota over the past several months. Over the years, Kahne and Busch have been involved in several wrecks with each other, notably and most recently at Pocono in June of 2014 as well as at Darlington in May of 2013. The duo even made a bet on Super Bowl XLVIII; after Kahne's beloved Seattle Seahawks beat Busch's favorite team, the Denver Broncos, Busch had to wear Seahawks gear en route to 2014 Daytona Speedweeks. Busch was not available for comment after the race, but his wife Samantha tweeted the following. Gonna keep it classy n just say 54 car was great tonight, crew did awesome and proud to support breast cancer awareness month w a pink car — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) October 10, 2015
RELATED: Practice 2 results " Final practice results Kyle Busch led the way in a brotherly 1-2 punch atop final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Busch landed a fast lap of 189.354 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota in the 50-minute session, the final tune-up for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). He'll start second to JGR teammate Matt Kenseth , the Coors Light Pole Award winner, in the fourth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Brother Kurt Busch was second-fastest at 188.996 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet, backing up his fast time from second practice. The elder Busch was also fastest in the 10-lap average category, edging Jimmie Johnson over the longer run. Joey Logano wound up third-fastest, turning a lap at 188.508 mph in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Chevrolet drivers Ryan Newman (188.488 mph) and Dale Earnhardt Jr . (188.311) completed the top five. Much like Friday's earlier practice, the leaderboard was dominated by Chase-eligible drivers, who swept the top six spots. Kenseth was the furthest down the speed chart in 25th, battling through a tire rub after a slight scrape of the outside retaining wall. Defending series champ and defending race winner Kevin Harvick managed the 12th-fastest lap, improving upon his 25th-best lap in the Friday's earlier session. Kurt Busch shows way in Friday's first practice Kurt Busch rocketed to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday, topping second practice Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Busch , driving the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet, clocked a fast lap of 188.772 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He also logged the third-most laps (45) of any driver in the 55-minute session in preparation for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM), the fourth event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Only teammate Tony Stewart (49) and Kyle Busch (48) turned more laps. Carl Edwards , the winner of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May, was second-fastest at 18.620 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota. Ryan Newman claimed the third-best lap (187.630 mph) in the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr . and Joey Logano completed the top five as Chase drivers swept the first eight spots on the practice leaderboard. Jimmie Johnson , eliminated from title contention in last weekend's Challenger Round finale at Dover, was fastest of the non-Chasers at ninth overall on the speed charts. His Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet was fastest in the five-lap average and 10-lap average categories, offering optimism for Johnson & Co. in terms of long-term speed. Kevin Harvick , defending Sprint Cup Series champion and defending race winner, was 26th-fastest overall with the second-slowest lap among the remaining 12 Chase-eligible drivers. Jeff Gordon , prepping for what likely will be his final Charlotte Motor Speedway start, was slowest of the Chase drivers, 32nd overall. Matt Kenseth , the Coors Light Pole Award winner in Thursday qualifying, was also well down the leaderboard in 22nd overall.
Practice 2: Results After posting the fourth-fastest speed in the opening session, Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne soared all the way to the top in Thursday's final XFINITY Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Piloting the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports this weekend, Kahne laid down a fast lap of 180.433 mph to score the top spot. Fellow Cup regular and leader of the opening session, Kyle Busch was second on the leaderboard, propelling his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing ride at 180.114 mph around the North Carolina track. Points leader Chris Buescher -- who was runner-up in the first practice -- maintained his momentum during the second session, posting the third-fastest speed of 180.108 mph in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. JR Motorsports' Regan Smith (180.096 mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones (180.066 mph) rounded out the top five. The XFINITY Series is back on track at Charlotte on Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN/Live Extra). z Practice 1: Results Kyle Busch topped the leaderboard early during Thursday's opening XFINITY Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway , wheeling his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 181.886 mph. Current series points leader Chris Buescher ranked second on the charts, rounding the 1.5-mile oval at 181.330 mph in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon posted the third-fastest speed in his No. 3 ride (181.318 mph), while Kasey Kahne -- who is piloting the No. 88 ride for JR Motorsports this weekend -- was fourth with a top pace of 181.020 mph. Ryan Reed rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 180.499 mph in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing ride. Reigning series champion Chase Elliott was 12th-fastest in the field, propelling his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet at 179.295 mph
Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne both hit the wall after battling for the third position in the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
RELATED: Full Dover results " Updated Chase grid " Updated standings DOVER, Del. -- Kyle Busch , still looking for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, remains in the title picture thanks to a runner-up finish in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway . The result proved to be more than enough to push the Joe Gibbs Racing driver into the top 12 in points, a necessity for those hoping to advance into the Contender Round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Busch led five times for 19 laps in an event that was dominated by defending series champion Kevin Harvick . During a weekend that saw rain limit practice time and force the cancelation of qualifying, Busch said there was enough of an unknown going into Sunday's race to hold his attention. "I had a little bit of concern just based off the short amount of practice time that we got and the way the car was feeling in those practice sessions," Busch said. "You know, I just wasn't quite as confident in it as I wanted to be. "I never really got a good feel for what I thought I needed to race. But right then and there, for today, the way we ran, I can't say enough about my team. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the guys, they made some really good calls and … some smart changes overnight, and we had a really fast car today. "You know, I shouldn't have been too worried, I guess. I should have put my faith in my team, which they prevailed today for me." Busch missed the season's first 11 races after suffering a broken leg and fractured foot in an XFINITY Series crash in February at Daytona International Speedway . He returned to Victory Lane five races later, and captured four of five during a hot summer stretch that saw him begin to work his way back inside the top 30 in points. Now, he's one of 12 still contending for this year's title. He's advanced through the opening Challenger Round by rallying from a 37th-place finish a week ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Although outside the top 12 heading into Dover, Busch said he wasn't counting points as the race played out. "I think when you're in the position that we were in when we were running second there the whole race, you don't have to watch it," he said. "You just do the best you can and that was the best that we were going to do today. "Fortunately we came out with that finish and second-place was what we needed to do. ... The points reset so we're back even with those guys and hopefully we can have a good, solid next three races." Bonus points for race wins, awarded for during the first 26 races and used to help determine seeding for the opening round, are not awarded after the first round. Therefore, the 12 drivers advancing into the Contender Round each have 3,000 points heading into next weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway .
Watch Kyle Busch ’s car get wrapped with a special pink M&M’s paint scheme for the upcoming race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.