Fists fly between Busch and Logano after Vegas NASCAR race
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 8:43
A couple seconds later, Logano get beside Busch, and his auto drifted up the banking and knocked Busch's vehicle into the outside wall. Obviously nothing intentional there.
He then jumped out of his vehicle, waited in the pit area for Logano to return and then went for him with his right hand.
Of course, things only get worse for Busch when a second member of Logano's crew grabbed for an armbar in the closing moments of the scrap (quite amateurishly, I might add).
"There wasn't much talking, Kyle was just swinging". "I was racing hard there at end".
Logano: "We're headed down the backstretch. we get to Brad [Keselowski}, we get kind of jumbled up into the corner, I try to throttle back up, got loose, got off the line, slid up into Kyle".
Kyle Busch became the youngest race victor in NASCAR's six-decade history of Cup racing when he was just 20 years old. Although he didn't connect, it was enough to start the ensuing fight, which Logano was pulled away from by another official. "I just couldn't get out of the way". It wouldn't turn and I lost brakes, so that's a pretty good indicator, but that's the way it goes. He put his window net down - signaling he was OK - but drivers are not allowed to exit their cars onto the track surface without the medical team present unless they are in immediate danger.
Jimmie Johnson was 11th, marking the first time since he became a full-time driver in 2002 that he has failed to have a top-10 finish in the first three races.
Kyle Larson was second, followed by Chase Elliott, Logano and Keselowski. When race front-runners, led by Truex, cycled through green-flag pit stops with just under 60 laps to go, Johnson stayed out 16 laps longer, hoping for a caution.
Danica Patrick's engine on her No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet expired which brought out the caution with just 12 laps remaining.
That battle stole some of the thunder from the afternoon-long battle between the dominant cars of Truex, who led 150 of the 267 laps, and Keselowski, who led 89.
That gave Toyota a win after Ford victories in the season's first two races.
"It was a fun race, for sure", said Logano.
There were 13 speeding tickets administered at Atlanta last week, including one with 11 laps left to Kevin Harvick, who was headed to a dominating victory. He crashed hard into the wall when his right front tire exploded. Corey Lajoie blew up on lap 18. "I was trying to ride it to the end of the stage". What advantage is the points leader after the Phoenix fall race given at Homestead? From a numbers standpoint, the move makes dollars and sense, because attendance at the Loudon track (1 mile) has dropped in recent years, and Vegas figures to fill the grandstands with more than 100,000 fans twice per season. Kurt Busch had to pit to change a battery.
And back came Truex - until the 243 lap.
If after its review is concluded and NASCAR determines those involved deserve punishment, any penalties would be announced on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
2 To no one's surprise, NASCAR should get some mileage out of this new Kyle Busch-Joey Logano feud in the coming weeks. When he got up, he had a busted open face to go along with his bruised ego.
"I think our intention would be not to react unless we see something that we haven't seen yet and something that comes up from those discussions", NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell told SiriusXM.