Kyle Busch wishes he missed Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup race

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch says the level of carnage in Sunday's Talladega race made him wish he was sat at home rather than competing in it

Kyle Busch wishes he missed Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup race

Busch finished second in a race that featured violent rolls for Matt Kenseth and Chris Buescher in separate incidents, Danica Patrick requiring precautionary x-rays after her part in Kenseth's crash, and a 21-car pile-up triggered by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch tangling.

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The reigning champion said the accident tally was "definitely high" even for the series' restrictor-plate races, which are notorious for multi-car crashes.

"I hate it. I'd much rather sit at home. I got a win. I don't need to be here," he said, referring to the fact his Martinsville and Texas wins have already qualified him for this year's Chase.

"I really don't know why we're bumping and pushing and everything else because these cars go slower when you push.

"That's how stupid we are.

"Looking in my mirror for that final restart, seeing the amount of cars behind me that didn't have damage, I think I probably counted four, and I was sixth."

Third-place Talladega finisher Austin Dillon escaped a ferocious crash at Daytona last summer when his car was launched into the spectator fencing.

He said the Talladega crashes left him anxious for NASCAR to take further action to reduce the risk of aerodynamic lift before the next Daytona race.

"I went flying last year at Daytona, and that's not fun," he said.

"If we need to put something on the back of the car to keep them on the ground, I'm all for it.

"Hopefully we can have a solution by July. I think a lot of drivers will be feeling better about it when we get there if we can do something to keep the tyres on the ground."

While Talladega winner Brad Keselowski said the aerial accidents "go beyond that acceptable risk factor", he defended the crash-heavy nature of the restrictor plate races.

"It's in-your-face challenging - if you make a mistake, it's going to be a really, really big wreck. You could go airborne, a lot of bad things could happen," he said.

"That is part of the challenge, overcoming that thought in the back of your head.

"Despite it, you're going to make a move inches from another driver, cut them off, push them, you're going to drive sideways, hang it all out there knowing something bad can really happen.

"I'm a capitalist. I love capitalism. There's still people paying to sit in the stands, sponsors still on the cars, drivers still willing to get in them."

Dillon was more uneasy.

"I have to put myself in a situation I don't want to be in to get into a good situation," he said.

"We don't like to be a part of crashes. It's not what our job is.

"If people are cheering for crashes, man, it's not a good thing."

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