At most short-tracks, “beating and banging” is a given.
Or, so you would think.
For Kurt Busch, he seemed to make rubbing fenders a norm with several drivers coming into the final laps in Saturday’s race at Richmond. Walking away with a seventh place finish, Busch stated that his bumps were merely nothing more than racing and that coming down to the checkered flag was simply a “free-for-all” for all of those involved.
After the conclusion of the race, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart, all expressed their disgust at Busch’s racing techniques. Although bumping and pushing is a normal occurrence at short-tracks, did Busch take it too far to gain a top ten finish?
According to those three drivers, he did.
Kenseth stated that he felt that Busch simply had one of his “Kurt moments”, after the No. 78 driver bumped him several times after the end of the race. On the final restart, which found Kevin Harvick taking home the checkered flag, Kenseth stated that Busch drove hard into Turn 1, knocking the entire side off of his car.
Stewart, who is no stranger to stating his emotions, echoed that reaction. According to Stewart, Busch slammed into him several times after the race, causing words to be exchanged between the two drivers once their cars were parked at neighboring haulers.
A usually quiet Truex, who was running in the second position early, claimed Busch also would not let off of the gas and got into him. Although Truex stated that he ran Busch hard, he also stated that he ran him clean.
Truex ended his night with a 17th place finish and stated after Saturday, that he would remember that if he finds himself in that position again, he knows exactly what he will do to Busch.
They say that there is more than one side to every story, but with a three to one ratio, it seems like the obvious side is that there was some commonality in the displeasure with Busch. Was it racing? Absolutely. Was it intentional? Who knows.
Next week the action will be taken to the high banks of Talladega. So, will there be retaliation? Maybe.
About the Author
Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.