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Kyle Busch was in rare form Saturday night after finishing runner-up to Kevin Harvick at Bristol after leading 159 of 500 laps and running his winless streak to 29 races. Busch went after the lapped traffic that he says prevented a side-by-side finish to the race.
But, first up, it was time to take a shot at one of his longtime adversaries.
“[Joey Logano is] nobody’s friend for a reason,” said to a reporter on the Zoom press conference.
“Lapped cars were definitely a problem. It’s part of racing. You have to try to get around them where you can and there was just no room for me to do what I needed to do with a couple of those opportunities to get past them.
“Gotta go where they ain’t, and man, where they are, you want to be. We got the lead from [Harvick] there on the last run, and just got stuck with [Logano], as usual, him being a [expletive]-head. Then the last lap, I don’t even know who the hell the black car was that just stopped on the backstretch. That’s it, we lost.”
Busch was talking about the No. 51 car of Joey Gase.
“If that lap car wasn’t there, I would have blown it in on the outside or the inside, and maybe we would have banged each other’s doors or whatever and had a greater finish to the checkered. But some of them dip-[expletive] kids don’t know what the hell they’re doing or where they’re at and can’t stay out of the way. Nothing like a Gase and a (Garrett) Smithley.”
Smithley hopped on Twitter to defend himself. “Even when I don’t do anything (Busch) blames me. Went outta my way to give him room tonight. Think he might have thought I was in a different car.”
As for Logano, he has yet to comment on Busch’s “nobody’s friend” dig.
Kevin Harvick holds Kyle Busch off!
— #NASCARPlayoffs on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 20, 2020
"[Joey Logano is] nobody's friend for a reason."
Kyle Busch wasn’t happy with second at Bristol. His thoughts on Logano, lapped cars preventing a move and opening the second round at Las Vegas: pic.twitter.com/1uEnMLLAgK
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 20, 2020