Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. collided on a restart in the final stage of the Brickyard 400. The two drivers kept their emotions in check; their teams, however, did not.
The crash was technically caused by Truex, an admission the driver was more than willing to make. The pair had been working together on the restarts for the majority of the race. But on the Lap 111 restart, Busch decided that it was go time. Both drivers headed into turn 1 side-by-side, unfortunately, Truex got loose and slid up into the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, taking them both out of the race.
Following the crash, Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens went over to the Furniture Row Racing pit box to confront the team. Stevens, who became the first crew chief since Jeff Hammond in 1982 to win the championship during his rookie season, didn’t share the same patience as his driver. He can be seen approaching one crew member who was sarcastically clapping in his direction. A video of the incident was broadcasted on NASCAR Race Hub Tuesday afternoon.
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“Come on Ringo,” the crew member can be heard saying. “What’s that supposed to mean” replies Stevens. Finally another–and more grizzled looking dude–interjects. “I don’t care who the f__k you are, get out of my box.” And that was the end of a fairly innocuous clash of horns. Stevens sent packing.
Busch gave a surprisingly modest interview after the race, too modest some would say. Closer inspection of said interview and it became quite clear as to why his demeanor was so usually relaxed and diplomatic. Joe Gibbs was supervising his child as he played on the jungle gym.
Y’all left out this tiny tidbit as to why Kyle was so nice during his interview. pic.twitter.com/1FsZsCVFFA
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