If the saying about NASCAR drivers having memories like elephants really is true, Kurt Busch won’t soon forget how Clint Bowyer ruined his night in Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Busch was working on a potential top-10 finish when he was spun by Bowyer on Lap 369 in the first of two attempts at a green-white-checker finish.
Bowyer sent Busch, who was running ninth at the time and lost momentum coming off the corner, flying and into the inside retaining wall, destroying both Busch’s Chevrolet and his Top-10 finish hopes.
An angry Busch climbed from his race car and walked up the track in a menacing fashion to confront Bowyer as he went by on the next lap, appeared to scream at Bowyer and then walked back towards the ambulance to have himself checked out at the infield care center.
“That was a terrible way to end what could have been a decent night,” Busch said. “We struggled at times to get the balance of the Haas Automation Chevrolet right, but we kind of found our spot just past the halfway point and made slight adjustments the rest of the way.
“We called for a two-tire stop at the end hoping to gain some track position, but it seemed like everyone had the same idea. We gained a little, but the guys behind us all had four tires. I tried to hold them off the best I could, but someone (a.k.a. Bowyer) moved me out of their way and it ruined our night. I hate it for the team, but we keep learning each week and we will get better.”
Busch ultimately wound up 31st, while Bowyer, whose Toyota did not sustain any damage in the incident, finished 12th.
Don’t expect Busch to forget Saturday night’s incident so easily, especially with one of Bowyer’s better tracks — Richmond — coming up in two weeks. If Richmond International Raceway officials don’t have fireworks planned, they may get an impromptu show at no extra cost.
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