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NASCAR Cup: Kurt Busch from front row to back to start Bristol race

BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 13: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, walks to his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 13, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Kurt Busch crashed hard during final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Saturday as teams prepared for the the Food City 500, scheduled for Sunday. As a result, Busch, a five-time winner at Bristol, will start Sunday’s race in the back in a backup car.

Busch will give up a front-row starting spot Sunday, as he qualified second to brother Kyle Busch on Friday.

“I’m optimistic things will go our way,” Busch said. “We have a fast setup; we just have to adjust to the VHT changing conditions and the air-pressure builds and a Monday set of temperatures. There’s still so much up in the air right now that it doesn’t really matter where you start.”

The race is scheduled for a Sunday 1 p.m. ET green flag, but rain is expected.

Kevin Harvick, one of Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, also will be in the back in a backup car at the start of the Food City 500. Harvick and A.J. Allmendinger crashed separately in first practice on Friday. Allmendinger also was forced to a backup.

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