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NASCAR's Kyle Busch crashes in opening Fontana practice

March 25, 2011 |  3:31 pm

KB Kyle Busch crashed Friday in the opening practice for Sunday's race in Fontana, forcing his Joe Gibbs Racing team to bring out his backup No. 18 Toyota. Busch was not hurt.

After a night and morning of rain in Southern California, the two-mile Auto Club Speedway had just opened for practice when Busch hit an undetected wet spot and lost control. His car slammed into the turn-four wall, then plowed through the drenched infield grass in front of pit road.

"You just skip right across [the wet spot] real quick and you think it’s OK and then you go to the throttle and the thing spins out," Busch said.

David Reutimann had the fastest car in practice, followed by Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle. Qualifying was scheduled later Friday to set the race's 43-car field.

Busch, 25, won last week's race in Bristol, Tenn.


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Photo: Kyle Busch in 2008. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire