Busch still was a little miffed about the situation Monday as he attended a lunch honoring driver and owner champions in the Nationwide and Truck Series.
“The bad always outweighs the good, doesn’t it?” said Busch, who had won the Truck and Nationwide races earlier in the weekend to help his own Truck Series team and the Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide team to the owners' titles.
On Sunday, Harvick said Busch was driving like a clown and he “parked” Busch.
Busch, obviously, didn’t think any of his moves were reckless. At one point he dove to the inside to make it three-wide soon after a restart. Another time he bumped Harvick from behind but that was just part of racing, too, according to Busch.
“There was actually a point in the race, too, where he was side-by-side down the backstretch, I don’t remember who it was with, … and when he talked about when I bumped him, yeah I did bump him. I pushed him,” Busch said. “I helped him get in front of that guy.
“He cleared that guy and went on. I actually was an ally to Harvick throughout the race. I don’t know where his brain is at but it’s obvious not all wires are connected.”
The restart move was just hard racing, Busch said.
“I made it three-wide on a restart because those guys were side-by-side, holding each other up,” Busch said. “I figured I had a clean way to the bottom. I never bumped him, never touched him, never nothing. Then he held on my door and rode on my door through [turns] 3 and 4, trying to get me loose and spin me out [or] whatever.”
The JGR driver said he felt as if he could have had a third-place finish. Instead, he finished 32nd. He denied that he was racing Harvick and Jimmie Johnson harder than others to help teammate Denny Hamlin win the championship (eventually won by Johnson).
“I had my own race out there,” Busch said. “My own agenda was to go out there to try to win the race for Joe Gibbs Racing, M848ff8if9a6fb627facGGcdbcce6M’s and all the people that are involved with the 18 car.
“From there, coming down towards the end of the race, if I wasn’t in position to win, it was going to be about trying to find a way to get Denny some points. I raced Jimmie hard all day. I raced Kevin hard all day. I raced Matt Kenseth hard all day. Tony Stewart, I raced hard all day. It was the last race of the year, I’m racing for everything.”
Not only did the accident end Busch’s day – and resulted in a big oil fire that forced him to scramble from the car – but it also came during a green-flag pit-stop cycle that resulted in Hamlin being a lap down.
It was a little surprising for Busch to have Harvick dump him, considering that when Busch was starting his truck team at the end of last season, he spent time with Harvick for advice on how to start a race team.
Didn’t these guys have a good relationship?
“I thought so,” Busch said. “That’s why he’s two-faced. He’ll talk to you all day long straight to your face and be the nicest guy to you, but when you get out there on the race track, he ain’t your friend.”
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