On another up-and-down day, Kyle Busch came up a few points short of advancing to another Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway Oct. 31.
Not surprised about failing to advance, Busch was candid with his thoughts post-race on how the No. 18 team ran in Sunday’s Xfinity 500 and overall recently.
“We ran like dogshit last week and this week,” he said. “We had a hail mary opportunity there at the end and we were trying to make something out of nothing. Great effort, we did everything we could all day long, never stopped working on it. But we have missed it way too much lately. I don’t know what’s gonna happen (next year).”
Busch finished second to Alex Bowman, but it wasn’t enough to maintain his one-point advantage above the cutoff he entered Martinsville Speedway with.
“On that last restart I just tried to get a good one,” he said. “I felt like I got a decent one. Bowman missed a shift and I was to his outside, I lifted for the corner and then he went two car lengths deeper and just washed up. He was gonna hit me regardless, so it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t there. But I knew that if I could keep him pinned down a little bit as best I could and in (turns) 1 and 2 that I’d have a shot, but I wasn’t even there. I didn’t have the tires or the car to get myself back to him, I’m getting. It’s kind of anticlimactic, I guess.”
In typical Busch fashion, he didn’t mince words when sharing his thoughts on Bowman’s move with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin toward the end of the 500-lap event.
“He just drove in there and drove into him,” Busch said. “Doesn’t matter for Denny, right? All it does it come back around on you the next time the No. 48 has a chance for a playoff spot or something like that. It’s not smart but these boys love doing it.
Busch was also displeased with Brad Keselowski, who made contact with the No. 18 coming to the checkered flag sending him spinning.
“He drills my ass coming out of (turn 4) for no reason,” he said. “Where was he doing? What was he doing? He was trying to do a (Kevin) Harvick is what he was gonna do. For what? For second place? To do what? He wasn’t going to transfer though with that. Just freaking retarded, man. So stupid. I don’t understand these guys. I should beat the shit out of him right now is what I should do. But that doesn’t do me any good either.”
Kyle Busch's post-race thoughts:
On not advancing: “We ran like dog shit last week and this week.”
On Bowman: "It’s just not smart. But these boys love doing it.”
On Brad: "Just freakin’ retarted man. So stupid. I should beat the shit out of him right now is what I should do.” pic.twitter.com/22avTAyiAT
— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) October 31, 2021
Admittedly not having the speed to compete with Keselowski or up front for most of the playoffs, Busch said they hadn’t raced around each other too much but it had been respectful up until that point.
“I raced Brad fantastic all day,” he said. “I held him up more than any other driver out there the entire race. I was on the outside, my car was better on the outside today. And he couldn’t make it by me. He raced me relatively clean. Once he got alongside me he kind of washed up and moved me out a little but. Which is fine, I get it.
“And then coming to the checkered, just that dumb shit. I mean, that right there is gonna make me race him differently even though he had all the coins in the bucket the whole day. Just emptied it out right there at the end.”
Busch didn’t seem worried about any reprimands for his language or if he were to throw hands with Keselowski.
“I’ve already had to pay enough fines in my lifetime. I’m sure I’ll get another one.”
About the author
Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.
A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.