Kyle Busch can’t seem to avoid controversy these days.
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And this time he became embroiled in an encounter with an unlikely source – veteran driver Jeff Burton.
Burton put a verbal whipping on Busch after the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday because of an on-track meeting the two had late in the race.
On the race’s final restart, in heavy traffic, Busch apparently bumped into the left rear of Burton’s car, damaging the tire and dumping Burton from a challenging position to a 25th-place finish.
Burton, who is normally the picture of composure, was furious after the race. He yelled at Busch several times and forcefully pointed his finger at him, telling him that he wouldn’t tolerate that sort of driving.
“I have no idea what transpired there,” said Busch, who rallied late in the race to finish third. “What I remember on the restart – the 33 car [Clint Bowyer] ducked low to my inside. It forced me to the middle. I didn’t get a lot of room. I was pinching the 33 as tight as I could, trying not to wreck him. I did the best I could. I don’t know if I touched or got into him [Burton]. If I did anything wrong, I’d be more than happy to sit with Jeff Burton and talk about it.”
Busch suggested that Burton perhaps should discuss the incident with Bowyer, his Richard Childress Racing teammate.
Burton was in no mood to listen after the race. He was doing all of the talking, stressing to Busch that he should use his head.
“He’s real aggressive, but when he starts affecting me, I won’t tolerate it,” Burton said.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEEDtv.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.