Bowyer’s Spotter Kills Kyle Busch’s Hopes for a Dover Sweep

Kyle Busch 18Kyle Busch dominated two of Dover International Speedway Spring 2014’s national NASCAR Series events. Busch handedly dominated Friday’s Camping World Truck series’ Lucas Oil 200. Then Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide event, the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket again had Kyle Busch in Victory Lane.

Kyle Busch has swept whole weekends of NASCAR national series events before, and it looked like it was a possibility at Dover International Speedway again.

But the toughest victory of the weekend always comes last — the Sprint Cup series, where the competition tends to be head and shoulders above the already tough competition of the truck and Nationwide series.

Dover’s surface proved to be challenging for drivers of the June 1, 2014 race, but Busch’s day ended early not because of the track surface, but from impact of the outside wall after a spotter error.

Battling for position, Kyle Busch was on the top lane, with Clint Bowyer passing on the lower lane at Dover. Bowyer’s spotter cleared Bowyer slightly prematurely and the No. 15 car moved up the track, coming in contact with the left front corner of the No. 18 car, bringing out the first yellow flag of the day, and ending Kyle Busch’s weekend, along with his chance to get the three-way sweep at Dover.

Though it was the first caution of the race, Busch wasn’t the first car to go to the Dover Cup garage. Bowyer teammate, Brian Vickers had the unfortunate luck to have an engine go down just 73 laps into the race. He commented to the team that he hadn’t missed a shift, it was just down on power.

The June 1, 2014 race also had an unusual two red flags mid-race. The first happened 135 laps in, when an overly aggressive AJ Allmendinger hit Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., sending the No. 17 up the track and eventually colliding with Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Greg Biffle.

After being released from the infield care center, Biffle was interviewed by Fox Sports and was calmer and more forgiving that expected, saying the crash was just one of those race things.

The second red flag came out just 26 laps later when Jamie McMurray got into the Turn 2 wall. What initially pegged as a canned beverage on the Fox Sports television broadcast, was soon discovered to be a piece of concrete that came free from the track surface. Track crew came out, and under 23 minutes, had the track patched there and in another spot, allowing the race to continue.

Jimmie Johnson - No. 48In the end, the sweep for Busch didn’t happen, but instead No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet driver, Jimmie Johnson had his own streak to celebrate. After going winless in 2014, Johnson won last week’s Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte and then Dover’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks this afternoon. Johnson’s win marked his ninth career win at the Delaware track.

Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin respectively rounded out the top 5, making Johnson’s No. 48 the only Chevrolet in the top 5, Keselowski’s No. 2 the only Ford, while Toyota celebrated three Toyota Camrys in the top 5 — all TRD engines.

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