NASCAR Notes: Busch Versus Newman Round Three
By Dave Grayson
Apparently Kyle Busch apparently felt it necessary to clarify some comments he made about fellow Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman following Sunday’s Cup event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Tuesday, Busch made these additional comments via “Twitter”:”I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time in an interview following the race in Loudon. The first was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked.”
“First I answered the Kurt part. He was fast… Great to see them running well… Was a shame to see him crashed… Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn’t see it and I still haven’t seen it.”
“My second answer came from being upset over an incident I had with RN on the track during the race. I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer.
I was upset because I felt RN raced me poorly, making contact and causing damage to my RF fender that affected the handling on my race car. This isn’t the first time that I’ve been raced poorly by RN either, which added to my frustration. All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt. I’m not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone’s livelihood went too far.”Busch’s comments regarding Newman came after the conclusion of Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. Busch felt that unnecessary contact from Newman, following a restart on lap 224, created damage to his fender and impacted his car’s handling. In a post race interview, Busch said Newman is “the biggest stupid idiot out there, he’s a big ogre and he can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody’s butt. So no sense in getting in a fight with him.” Then referencing the announcement from Stewart Haas Racing that said Newman would not be returning as the driver of their #39 team, Busch finished his statements by saying “glad he’s out of a job.”
On Monday, Newman did an interview with Sirius XM Radio’s NASCAR Channel and said “we know he’s not very bright, I’m sure if I rearrange his face I might fix it. He’s a heck of a talent, but not very bright.” Newman also suggested that if Busch “is going to run his mouth, he better be able to back up running his mouth.” Responding to Busch’s comment regarding Newman employment status, Newman said: “it seems he had more to lose than I do.”
Again, it’s a good thing these guys have next weekend off.