Kurt Busch took the checkered flag, beating Jimmie Johnson on the final laps of the 500 lap race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon, snapping a 83-race winless streak that dated back to Dover in 2011.
It was not without consequences though as one driver was not happy with how Busch raced him early in the race. That driver would be Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Penske Ford.
Keselowski was upset when Busch got into his car on pit road, sending him to the garage for 31-laps while he underwent repairs. Keselowski questioned Busch’s aggression so early into the race.
“If you’re going to be aggressive, wreck yourself, don’t wreck me,” Keselowski said. “I’ll remember that when it’s Lap 50 and he needs a break, and he’ll find his ass turned around in the wall. Just like he tore my car up.”
After the incident on pit-road, Keselowski was seen on the track targeting the No. 41 Chevrolet of Busch on the track.
“I can’t believe he overreacted and he’s as upset as he is,” Busch said.
“The 5 car (Kasey Kahne) was trying to pull into his box. Brad ran into the back of him. I steered right to go around Brad and then he clobbers our left-side door, and it’s like, OK, accidents happen on pit road. It’s congested. It’s not a place to race, because of all the pit crew guys down there and I didn’t think much of it, and then once we were back out running, he targeted us. He was aiming for us. He tried to flatten all four of my tires. That’s a no-fly zone. That’s a punk-ass move and he will get what he gets back when I decide to give it back.”
Both Keselowski and Busch have wins now this season, securing their spots in the season’s finale Chase.
Is this the start of a new rivalry at the track, or will the drivers cool-down and let it go before the next race?
NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend for the Duck Commander 500.