AVONDALE, Ariz. - Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch took an unexpectedearly exit from a planned Super Late Model feature race late Saturdaynight at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch, who had to start from the rear of the field, had moved into abattle for second place with driver Shelby Thompson on Lap 96 of 150when Thompson wrecked Busch.
Track spokesman Jeff Motley said track rules require all carsinvolved in a caution to restart at the rear of the field, but bothdrivers refused. Track officials halted the race and issued an ultimatumto both drivers - they could move to the rear of the field or leave thetrack.
Thompson elected to move to the rear of the field, while Busch droveto the pits and quit the race. Busch soon took a helicopter ride to theLas Vegas airport and returned to Phoenix for Sunday's Cup race.
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Busch ended up credited with a 19th-place finish, while Taylor Bartonwon the race and Thompson finished 17th. The 22-year-old Las Vegasnative has already won Craftsman Truck and Busch series races at Phoenixthis weekend.