The NASCAR Cup series playoff standings were shaken in the first game of the round of 16, the Southern 500 in Darlington on Sunday.

Kyle Busch, William Byron and Michael McDowell all withdrew on lap 200 of the 367 lap event. All three people collapsed in the incident:

First, McDowell skidded and crashed on lap 31:

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Then Busch made contact with Austin Dillon’s machine, spinning on lap 125 and destroying the rear end of his car.

After the accident, Bush was steamed in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs racing team instead of Dillon.

“We ran like s-, we were crashed, so when you run like s-, this is what you get,” Busch told NBCSN. “It shouldn’t be there. I don’t know what our problem is.”

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“M&Ms Camry is not very good,” he added, “We ran badly and we were crashed. It’s not 3 (Dillon)’s fault.”

Busch also caught the attention of NASCAR Twitter for running past the safety cone on the way to the garage.

On lap 200, Byron’s car slid into the outer SAFER guardrail after the left front tyre of 24 cars leaked.

“There is nothing we can do,” Byron told NBCSN after leaving the infield care center.

Bush ranked fourth in the playoffs standings, Byron ranked eighth, and McDowell ranked 13th. At the beginning of the third period, they ranked third from the bottom in the playoff standings (14th to 16th).

They still have two games to avoid being eliminated: Saturday in Richmond and September 18 in Bristol. Winning will automatically allow them to enter the second round, which is round 12.


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