Busch-Keselowski Clash at Martinsville

Busch-Keselowski Clash at Martinsville

by April 1, 2014 0 comments

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — It just wouldn’t be a season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series without Brad Keselowski getting into some sort of conflict with a Busch brother.

Keselowski and Kurt Busch, ex-Team Penske teammates, came together in an incident on pit road on lap 44 of Sunday’s STP 500 – an incident that would lead to on-track retaliation, obscene gestures, barbed words, and with both drivers threatening future retaliation.

As Keselowski was exiting pit road he collided into the rear end of Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 car, who was entering his pit stall, damaging the No. 2 car’s front grille. Busch was also making his way towards pit exit as he came up on the collision; as Busch went to the right to avoid both cars, Keselowski also went to the right and wound up making contact with the No. 41 car.

Keselowski would pull his car behind the wall for his crew to commence body repair work for 31 laps before rejoining the track. Once the 2012 series champion was back on the circuit, he was a man on a mission – not for a victory, but for the 41 car.

The two drivers crossed paths again on lap 86 as Busch caught up to Keselowski on the frontstretch – Keselowski giving his ex-teammate a one-finger salute as he approached. As Busch passed on the low side off of turn 2, Keselowski used his Ford to hit the 41 – the two cars locking wheels for the entire backstretch before Busch was able to pass Keselowski. Busch, the eventual race winner, thought that this contact ruined his race.

“Well, I guess we get to get in a fight afterwards because I’m going to go (expletive) that dude’s (expletive) face up,” Busch radioed to his crew.

At the conclusion of the race, no punches were thrown between the two drivers (and their teams, for that matter) – however, there were plenty of verbal jabs being thrown between the two on-track combatants.

“He does awesome things for charity, and he’s probably the most talented race car driver. He’s also one of the dumbest. Put those three together,” Keselowski said after climbing out of his car. “He wrecked me for no reason, 50 or 30 laps early in the race just being over-aggressive. Aggressive is good, but lap-50 wrecking somebody? If you’re going to be aggressive, wreck yourself, don’t wreck me. I’ll remember that when it’s lap 50 and he needs a break and he’ll find his ass turned around in the wall, just like he tore my car up. That (stuff) will come around.”

Busch had a different take on the matter, viewing it as a racing incident rather than anything malicious.

“I can’t believe he over-reacted, and he’s as upset as he is,” Busch said. “The 5 car was trying to pull into his box, Brad ran into the back of him, I steered right to go around Brad and he clobbered our left-side door. And it’s like, okay, 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.”

As well as absolving himself from Keselowski’s accusations regarding the pit road contact, Busch voiced his displeasure with his former teammate’s on-track retaliation.

“He targeted us, he was aiming for us,” Busch stated. “He tried to flatten all four of my tires. That’s a no-fly zone. That’s a punk-ass move, and he will get what he gets back when I decide to give it back.”

With both drivers now winners this season, their likelihood of qualifying for the Chase might provide them with the opportunity with giving the other some payback without any repercussions of damaging their Chase chances.

Keselowski, after a few hours of rest, took to Twitter to respond to various fans who asked if there would be any payback at the Texas Motor Speedway next Sunday or in future races on the calendar. Keselowski would respond that he’s over any issues with Busch and that retaliation is not on his mind. Busch stated on his Twitter account late Monday night that he is not worried of any retaliation by his former teammate in the Duck Commander 500 on Sunday.


Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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