Kyle Busch, Joey Logano: Post-race quotes from Vegas – Nascar
A collection of comments from Kyle Busch and Joey Logano after their last-lap contact, post-race confrontation and pit-road fracas:
KYLE BUSCH, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota
What led to your anger at the end?
“I got dumped. (He) flat-out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me.”
Any conversation between you or Joey or was it just the fisticuffs?
“That’s how Joey races, so he’s going to get it.”
JOEY LOGANO, Team Penske No. 22 Ford
What happened between you and Kyle Busch after the race? Why did Kyle throw a punch?
“I don’t know. We were just racing hard there at the end. I was underneath him on the backstretch and he tried to crash me into the corner getting underneath Brad (Keselowski) there and at that point I was just trying to get through the corner. I was sideways all the way through and got into him. Nothing intentional. I understand his frustration, he crashed. The same thing could have happened into (Turn) 3 what he did to me.”
What transpired with Kyle?
“There wasn’t much talking, there was a lot of swinging. I don’t know. I was racing hard there at the end with our Pennzoil Ford. Kyle and I usually race really well together. We usually never have any issues, and he tried to pin me down into the corner underneath Brad and we about crashed on entry. And then I was still trying to gather it up by the center and I was gonna spin out, so I’m trying to chase it up and he was there. It obviously wasn’t anything intentional, but obviously he thinks that, so, I don’t know, we’ll get by.”
Any blows landed between the two of you?
“None to me.”
When did you know he was coming after you?
“You see him coming. He’s wearing the same color suit as me.”
Did you move away or try to get away from it?
“No, I don’t run from conflict. You just talk about it, but he wasn’t in a talking mood. He was in a fighting mood, I guess. I don’t know. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don’t have to fight, but whatever.”
Any idea what happened there?
“We crashed. He came down on the entry on me to get underneath Brad and sent me for a heck of a ride on the entry and I was still trying to gather the thing up and just never got it. I was still chasing it up the race track.”
Do you think Kyle was surprised or were you surprised with what happened to Brad (Keselowski)?
“I just noticed he fell off a little bit at the end, but it’s not like he was going slow. He was still going fast and I was just trying to run my line into the corner and I got hit in the right-front before I even got into the corner by the 18, so I don’t know.”
You don’t expect something like that after the race.
“Yeah, I guess it’s always surprising. Like I said, I’ve never had an issue with Kyle. Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We’ve never had an issue, but I guess that’s over.”