Kurt Busch's eventful day ended with his engine in flames 15 laps before the finish of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville.
In this case, eventful is not a synonym for "good" or "great."
On lap 294, Busch spun around after making contact with David Gilliland entering turn three. And that was in addition to a fuel pump problem that left Busch 29 laps down at the time of his final incident, which was caused by a brake failure entering turn one.
"Something happened with the brakes," Busch said. "The pedal felt spongy going into three and four and I gave it a courtesy pump and it came to. I go down the front straightaway and gave it another courtesy pump and it went straight to the floor. Something failed with it and I just turned it to the right and fenced it instead of running head on into the fence."
After making contact with the wall, Busch's calmness under pressure came to the fore. He quickly pulled the in-car fire extinguisher trigger, which doused the flames before safety crews had even had a chance to reach his car and he climbed out unhurt.
Busch finished 37th in the race, and drily observed afterwards that it was better for an incident like this to happen on a day when he'd already lost his chance of victory than on a day that he was still fighting for the lead.