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Tire woes cost Kyle Busch a chance at win for second race in a row

Auto Club Speedway - Auto Club 400

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s 75 Toyota, races Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch’s tire problem Sunday was all too familiar.

A day after a right-front tire blew on the last lap, costing him a win in the Xfinity race, a right-front tire problem struck two laps from the scheduled finish while he was running second. Busch finished 25th, ending his streak of eight consecutive top-five runs, dating back to last season.

As Busch drove around the track with his tire coming apart, his spotter requested that he stay on the apron to avoid any debris coming on the track.

Busch replied: “You mean I’m going to get debris on the track and cause a yellow?’'

His spotter replied: “Yellow is already out. That’s over and done with.’'

Busch expressed his displeasure on the radio after Saturday’s Xfinity race that NASCAR didn’t call a caution on the final lap after his tire blew. Had a caution been called while he was leading, he would have won that race, which would have been his fourth consecutive series victory.

Instead, he left Auto Club Speedway with two right-front tire issues that potentially cost him two wins.

After leaving the track, Busch went to Twitter to discuss the matter:

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