Kyle Larson throws a wrinkle into a lesser-known NASCAR championship battle

Casual fans, those who know Kurt and Kyle Busch both won NASCAR championships but can’t necessarily tell them apart in side-by-side photos, are trying to get a sense of why 36 cars started on Sunday but only eight in qualifying.

It happens every year, and veteran fans help them understand the reality of sponsorship money and how sending eight cars to the starting grid would make for very boring races, even on a short track like Martinsville.

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