Early Fireworks For Busch Montoya

It's a pretty good bet Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya won't be sharing any holiday picnic potato salad this Fourth of July weekend.

Sparks flew between Busch and Montoya in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and neither driver is backing down from the skirmish.

The duo made contact several times under caution in the closing stages of Sunday's race, which finally boiled over when Montoya spun Busch out effectively taking both cars out of action.

Not surprisingly, there is a difference of opinion between the two combatants as to the cause of the high emotions.

“On the restart, I got around the outside of him in Turn 2 and he just went wide like I wasn’t even there," Montoya explained. "Then we touched each other and got beside him to the next corner and he starts banging on me, like he was trying to wreck me. I said, ‘OK’."

"I went into the corner and the wrecked happen, slowed down, and tried to say, ‘What are you doing,’ the next thing that I started to see was that he was hitting me. He runs good? Yeah. He has great cars? Yeah. I thought we had a decent car today and I don’t appreciate when people race me like that.”

Busch side of the story went like this:

"I have no idea," he said when asked about the incident. "I got a run on him earlier and I got on the outside and he kind of kept coming up a little bit. I didn't turn down into him and just barely touched his quarter panel. Then I got by him in three and four and he run me up the race track in the left rear."

"Then we came to that caution flag and he thought he beat me to the caution flag and I was just trying to get around the 40 (Dario Franchitti) car, who was in front of us there and touched him on the door and he just turned left and spun me down the
front straight away. I don't know what his beef is, but obviously NASCAR should probably fix it."

Montoya admitted what he did was intentional on national television.

"The caution came out and under caution he hit me again,” he said. “Then I retaliated. I’m a nice guy but I’m not an idiot.”

Despite the confession and Busch's plea for justice, NASCAR simply penalized Montoya two laps and neither driver was fined or penalized points.

But as is usually the case in situations like these, there's a good chance the No. 18 and 42 cars somehow find each other Saturday night in Daytona.

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