Busch vs. Logano
March 26, 2017
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The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway looked as if it was going to be another normal race by NASCAR’s standards. Brad Keselowski was pulling away from Martin Truex Jr. en route to his 2nd win in a row. The commentators were already claiming that Keselowski was without a doubt the early championship favorite. However, the race wasn’t over yet.
With three laps to go, a part failure on Keselowski’s car occurred and caused him to slow. Truex passed him for the lead with two to go while Brad continued to tank. On the backstretch during the final lap, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano were battling for 3rd place as they caught the much slower Keselowski. Busch made an abrupt move to get around him and ended up clipping Logano’s right front in the process. As they entered turn 3, Logano drove it in way to deep (maybe accidently, maybe not) and hit Busch’s right rear, causing him to spin out. Truex won the race, Logano finished a respectable 4th, and Kyle ended up 22nd after running inside the top 10 for most of the day.
All the cameras were focused on Truex as he was celebrating his win with burnouts on the front stretch. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the cameras transitioned to a huge pile of men in front of Logano’s car. After about 10 seconds, a bloodied Kyle Busch emerged from the pile with help from a NASCAR official. A better angle of the fight by NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck showed that Busch walked up to Logano in a relatively calm manner and then launched a right hook out of nowhere. Logano retaliated by swinging a few times back at Busch before being restrained by his PR representative. Unfortunately for Busch, he was bombarded by Logano’s pit crew without any backup.
The new series sponsor Monster Energy said at the beginning of this season that they wanted to see more raw emotion from drivers. Their wish was granted. NASCAR decided not to penalize or fine either driver for what happened. Instead, NASCAR used their old school catch phrase of “boys have at it.” I doubt anything will happen in terms of major retaliation, but I definitely expect to see Logano be extra cautious on the upcoming weeks when racing around Busch.