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Kyle Busch ran into trouble Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with several incidents in the fourth of 10 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota scraped the outside retaining wall in three separate incidents in the Bank of America 500, spinning his car without contact in a fourth mishap. The first significant contact with the barrier damaged the right-rear fender on the 135th of 337 laps.
Busch, a winner the previous two weeks in the series, had led twice for 22 laps and was in second place behind leader Kevin Harvick at the time of his first incident. He returned to the track one lap down in 31st place, but went two laps down before the stage ended.
Busch’s problems worsened with a Lap 216 scrape of the wall, and another spin that caused the race’s eighth caution period at Lap 278. He pressed on, four laps down in 29th position, before making contact again on Lap 325.
The multiple issues chipped into his buffer of playoff points just one event into the three-race Round of 12. He entered the event second in the standings, but left in sixth place.
The round’s next two races — next weekend at Talladega and Oct. 22 at Kansas — will help determine the final eight drivers in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs.
This story will be updated.