The Daytona 500 winner was ahead, but with new tires and trying to hang on when Busch crashed Chase Elliott eight laps earlier to emphasize caution.
A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the runway apron and turned Busch’s middle finger over. As NASCAR cleaned up the track, it started to rain and the cars were called to drive under the red flag.
It was an already active evening on “The track too difficult to tame” as the pilots ran against the terrain and the weather. While the drivers were sitting in their cars waiting for NASCAR to unplug the plug, a handful of Elliott’s crew were sitting on the pit wall watching Busch.
One of the Busch crew sat on the wall with each other and NASCAR finally ordered everyone to come back over the wall. Eight minutes later, the race was called and Busch was greeted by Alan Gustafson, Elliott’s team leader and former Busch team leader when he drove for Hendrick Motorsports, for a conversation between two masked competitors.
Busch immediately corrected the error.
“There is no question that I made a mistake and misjudged the gap,” said Busch. “They are upset, they are crazy. I’m not just going to fix it and we’re going to have an ice cream tomorrow. They are going to linger on it and I am sure there will be repercussions that I will have on the road. “
The start of the second NASCAR race backwards during the coronavirus pandemic was brought forward an hour due to inclement weather, but was later delayed by almost 90 minutes as it rained most of the day.
When the action finally started, the 310-mile affair was animated from start to finish because the drivers weren’t sure they were running halfway – the mark that a race becomes official – or the distance .