It all kicked off after the Kobalt 400 when Kyle Busch and one of Joey Logano’s mechanics had a fist fight after the race over a coming together on-track.
— Josh Richter (@JoshRichter) March 12, 2017
The aftermath of the fight made it look like Busch had fallen asleep with a red M&M on his face. He’d gone in to have a fight with Joey Logano, but ended up on the floor with one of his burly mechanics instead.
On the final lap, Busch and Logano made contact and it cost them both positions. After the race and the fisticuffs that transpired, the Team Penske #22 Ford driver said,
“There wasn’t much talking, there was a lot of swinging. I don’t know. I was racing hard there at the end with our Pennzoil Ford. Kyle and I usually race really well together. We usually never have any issues, and he tried to pin me down into the corner underneath Brad and we about crashed on entry. And then I was still trying to gather it up by the center and I was gonna spin out, so I’m trying to chase it up and he was there. It obviously wasn’t anything intentional, but obviously he thinks that, so, I don’t know, we’ll get by.”
– Joey Logano
Busch boiled over and dealt with what he believed to be a bit of foul play himself, and it doesn’t sound like it’s over.
“I got dumped. (He) flat-out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me. That’s how Joey races, so he’s going to get it.”
– Kyle Busch
It doesn’t sound like it’s over. NASCAR fights happen and the theatrics add to the show. In the United Kingdom, there isn’t really a comparison. The type of stand-off we get could be taken from a scene in a Motorsport movie written by Alan Partridge:
It remains to be seen whether more blood will be drawn in the Busch/Logano rivalry next time out in Phoenix.