Busch Earns Food City 250 After Run-in With Keselowski
Sparks flew, fenders crunched and Kyle Busch survived several spectacular moments to earn his second August 2010 race week win during Friday’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
One of those moments included a tangle between Busch and points leader Brad Keselowski, which saw Keselowski spin off the nose of Busch’s machine. It did not matter to Busch as he powered his way on to victory. Keselowski finished 14th.
To complete the weekend sweep, Busch will have his work cut out for him as he will have to start Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race from the 19th starting position. Should he pull it off, he will become the first driver in NASCAR’s history to win in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series in the same week at the same track.
Busch was welcomed with a shower of boos as he exited his car in victory lane.
“I tried lap after lap to stay clean with Keselowski,” Busch explained, “but he ran in the back of me and put me in the wall.
“I raced him, raced him 12-15 laps, my car was awesome,” he continued, “but I thought I had him cleared and moved in front of him. Instead of doing an Earnhardt cross over, he put me in the wall. I drove down in the next corner and dumped him. He does it to everyone else, so why can’t I do it to him?"
Busch was not ashamed that he took revenge on Keselowski.
“It is the way it is, that is why he got spun out… he drove in the back of me and put me in the fence,” he said. “I was going to go back after him. I spun him out, won the race. Good for me.
“I think Brad Keselowski should look in the mirror and say, ‘I brought this on myself.’”
Keselowski offered his side of the story after climbing from his damaged car.
“It is what it is and I’m going to go to work at beating his (butt),” Keselowski said in a post-race interview with track announcers about his run-in with Busch.
Keselowski softened his tone slightly while on-air saying, “Just hard racing, going for the win. I was on the outside, he was on the inside. He almost cleared me and took it for granted that I would lift.”
Eight cautions slowed the field, including one which saw Kasey Kahne on his side against the wall through the third and fourth turns.
Jason Leffler finished second, followed by Elliott Sadler and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“We had a good car, restarting on the inside was tough,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “That was a fun race… It was a good car and I was glad to be able to drive it.
When Earnhardt Jr. was asked about tomorrow evening’s race, he said, “I ain’t going to make predictions, but it drove similar to the one tonight.”
Fans ready for more action at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” can still purchase tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
Tomorrow night’s race rolls off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 423-BRISTOL.