Cup Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Keselowski, Busch Feud At Martinsville

As Kurt Busch celebrated winning the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Victory Lane, Brad Keselowski was still fuming over the events that transpired during the race.

On lap 40, NASCAR threw the caution flag for a competition caution because weather canceled Saturday practices. During the pit stops, Brad Keselowski slammed into the back of Kasey Kahne, damaging the front end of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. Right after Keselowski hit Kahne, Kurt Busch plowed into the side of Keselowski, further damaging the No. 2.

Keselowski said:

I saw [Kasey Kahne] checking up and I started to check up, and I just barely got in the back of him. And then Kurt [Busch] just accelerated and drove through us. Absolutely drove through us. I’ll tell you, man, I’m about tired of his recklessness.

Busch said on the radio:

We just got destroyed by the No. 2 car coming out of the pits. The left-rear just got hammered. We’re probably ruined for the rest of the day.

Busch was able to continue while Keselowski went to the garage area for repairs.  Keselowski returned to the race 30 laps later with all of the front end sheet metal removed from his race car.

When Busch eventually caught Keselowski on the track, Keselowski gave him the finger down the front stretch. He then slowed going into Turn 1. Busch pulled to the inside of Keselowski coming out of Turn 2.

Keselowski banged into Busch down the backstretch.

Busch then keyed on the radio that he was going to rearrange Keselowski’s face.

After the race, Keselowski was still fuming. When he learned that Busch said he was going to rearrange Keselowski’s face, Keselowski didn’t back down.

Keselowski welcomed him to try:

Tell him come here. I’m right here. He knows where I’m at. Leave Victory Lane. We’ll go.

Busch, however, wasn’t willing to add fuel to the fire. When he was asked about the incident in Victory Lane, Busch said:

We’re not worried about all that nonsense.

He later added:

I can’t believe he overreacted and he’s as upset as he is. … 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.

Keselowski later tweeted that he was just showing his displeasure towards Busch when he hit him. He wasn’t trying to wreck him. He also said that he didn’t think it was Kurt Busch’s fault for hitting him, he was mad that Busch didn’t try to minimize contact.

He also dispelled any rumors that this feud would come into play at Texas Motor Speedway.


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