NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch says the death of racing star Jessi Combs was a "terrible accident" -- but at least she went "pushing the limits."
36-year-old Combs was a star in the racing world -- and died on August 27 while attempting to break the women's land-speed record she set back in 2016.
Combs was behind the wheel of a "jet car" in the Alvord Desert in Oregon trying to break the 600-mph barrier when something went wrong and she died. Officials aren't saying much about the incident other than "there was a fire involved."
Now, some of the biggest stars in racing are paying respects to Combs ... including Busch, who spoke to us briefly outside of "Good Morning America" in NY.
"It was a terrible accident, man," Busch said ... "We'll find out all the details later on but she was pushing the limits, man."
We asked if Busch respected that she was trying to break her own record -- "absolutely."
Jessi -- who appeared on shows like "Mythbusters" and "Overhaulin'" -- was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her passing, according to an official statement.