Did Kyle Busch race his way out of a possible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship during the Nationwide Series race on Saturday? Possibly. With about 14 laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on Saturday, Busch made contact with fellow-Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski. The contact sent Keselowski hard into the wall and out of the race.
Busch’s No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing team and Keselowski’s No. 22 Penske team in the Nationwide Series are battling each other for the Nationwide owner’s championship. The No. 22 team led the No. 54 by some 28 points heading into Kansas. After Saturday’s race, the No. 54 team had closed to within five points with a fourth-place finish from Busch and 28th by Keselowski.
The way Keselowski saw it, Busch wrecked him on purpose.
“It was good, hard racing up until then,” Keselowski said. “He didn’t want to race me hard, so he just dumped me on the straightaway.”
Keselowski also pointed out that Busch is a championship contender on the Sprint Cup side of the garage while he has nothing to lose after not making the Chase this year.
After the race, Busch blamed the contact on a handling issue.
“I just got real tight off of (turn) four,” Busch said.
Something worth noting: Busch didn’t hit Keselowski just off of turn four. The contact came on the straightaway.
When interviewed by ESPN, Busch was asked if he was concerned about possible retaliation from Keselowski that could hinder his run at the championship in the Cup Series. Busch then proceded to point out that he owed Keselowski last year but didn’t retaliate as Keselowski went on to claim his first Sprint Cup. He also said that he, simply, “had more class than that.”
Ron Hornaday was probably wondering where that class was at when Busch intentionally wrecked him late in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season not so many years back while he was racing for a championship.
Could this wind up being karma jumping up and biting Busch on the butt from the probably now-forgotten Hornaday incident? Does Busch really have more class thant that? I don’t know, but this is sure going to make me pay close attention if Busch and Keselowski are racing in close quarters Sunday afternoon and in any of the Sprint Cup races remaining this year.
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