Stop us if youâve heard this one before: Kyle Busch was grump after Sundayâs NASCAR race.
Yep, weâre doing this again.
Busch finished 19th in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway â an underwhelming playoff opener for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Be it early damage, late contact or dealing with lap traffic, it clearly wasnât Buschâs night.
After the race, Busch directed his frustrations toward media, other drivers and even an entire race track. And he did so in very Marshawn Lynch-esque fashion.
Check out Jeff Gluckâs (slightly NSFW) transcript, which Kyle Larson apparently loved:
Buschâs anger largely stemmed from late-race run-ins with lapped drivers Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley that prevented him from finishing in the top 10. Essentially, Busch didnât feel that Gase nor Smithley belonged on the same track as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesâ more accomplished drivers.
âWeâre at the top echelon of motorsports, and weâve got guys who have never won Late Model races running on the racetrack,â Busch said. âItâs pathetic. They donât know where to go. What else do you do?â
Hereâs Busch making contact with Smithley:
And hereâs his testy post-race interview:
NASCAR.comâs Zack Albert relayed Buschâs comments to Gase and Smithley. Neither driver agreed with âRowdyâsâ assessment.
Check out these comments:
Busch fired back with a tweet of his own, prompting a response from Smithley.
Got all that?
Honestly, Busch might have a point on this one. Itâs fair for playoff drivers to be miffed over arguably unqualified drivers clogging up the track and bogging down the pace in such important races. Still, as is often the case with Busch, itâs his tone and overall dismissal of his peers that rubs people the wrong way.
Busch currently sits fourth in the playoff standings with two races remaining in the Round of 16. Heâs in no real danger of missing the cut for the Round of 12.
Next up is the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, where Busch has six wins a sterling 7.0 average finish.
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