While leading at Talladega Superspeedway Kurt Busch’s No. 51 Chevrolet ran out of gas. It was a surprise to Busch and the team as they had expected to have another five laps of fuel in the car.
As Busch’s car slowed he was turned into the wall bringing out a caution.
Once on pit road Busch attempted to take off NASCAR’s safety crew without his helmet on and with equipment on his hood. The crew attempted to inform Busch to stop but without his helmet on he could not hear their pleas.
NASCAR then informed the Phoenix Racing team that the car was to be parked for the day.
It was the last race for Busch at Phoenix Racing. He recently signed a contract with Furniture Row Racing to drive the No. 78 car. Busch will take over the seat of the No. 78 car starting at Charlotte.
Busch hugged his teammates and said “this year is a way to test me.” Busch defended his actions saying that he was attempting to get the car back to the garage so his crew could work on it. “That’s the competitor in me” and “it’s what always gets misconstrued.”