During a competition yellow that came out on Lap 40, Brad Keselowski, former teammate of Busch, drove into the back of Kasey Kahne’s #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, who was the last car to come down pit road making his stop on Lap 44, damaging the front of the #2 Miller-Lite Ford. Busch leaving his pits with the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet didn’t slow up as Keselowski came up into Busch’s lane, Busch kept going resulting in all three cars leaving with damage.
Keselowski came into the garage for repairs. While Team Penske made repairs to the #2, Keselowski placed blame on Busch.
“I saw (Kahne) checking up or starting to check up, and I just barely got in the back of him. Then Kurt just accelerated and drove through us, absolutely drove through us,” said Keselowski. “I tell you man, I’m about tired of his recklessness. Kurt tore the whole suspension off the car so it won’t turn. It won’t do anything, so thanks, Kurt. Appreciate it, bud.”
Busch likewise radioed his crew blaming Keselowski, “We got destroyed by the 2 car,” Busch said. “The left rear just got hammered. Probably ruined for the rest of the day.”
Keselowski returned to the track on Lap 77, with much of the sheet metal removed from the #2 Miller-Lite Ford. Within 8 laps the duo met, where Keselowski made an obscene gesture toward Busch, from the driver’s side window. Busch bumped the back of the #2 going to the inside to pass; Keselowski shoved the car left into the right side of Busch’s #41 car going down the back straightaway into Turn 3. Neither driver tried to wreck each other, Busch just bumped him to get around him, and Keselowski just rubbed him showing his displeasure with the earlier incident. That’s just racing.
“The 5 car was trying to pull into his box, Brad (Keselowski) ran into the back of him, I steered right to go around Brad and then he clobbers our left-side door, and it’s like, ‘OK, accidents happen on pit road.’ It’s congested. It’s not a place to race, because of all the pit crew guys down there and I didn’t think much of it,” Busch said. “I can’t believe he overreacted and he’s as upset as he is.”
At one time Keselowski called Busch ‘one of the best teammates I’ve ever worked with.’ That sediment was not shown today.
Busch, who was asked about the incident after his win, could have said anything, but in front of the cameras he chose the high road saying, “We won and we’re not worried about any of that nonsense right now.”
Shortly after Busch was hired to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, co-owner Tony Stewart said that ‘Kurt is a huge asset, he’s a guy that you know can go to every racetrack and has the capability of going out and being fast and being able to possibly win the race every week.’
Busch, who has won 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, is a passionate race car driver. Everyone has heard the saying find what you’re passionate about and you will never work a day in your life. Busch demonstrates that week after week at the track. Sometimes passion gets heated, who hasn’t gotten a little riled up at one time or another, the difference is unlike Busch our mistakes are not in front of cameras.
Welcome back to victory lane Kurt Busch.