Busch Still Hot Over Kansas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on October 9, 2010 | 12:36 P.M. EST
Kyle Busch said he hasn’t reached out to David Reutimann. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Busch is still fuming over last weekend’s incident with David Reutimann at Kansas Speedway and had some choice words for his combatant.
Busch and Reutimann tangled twice during last Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 with the second incident a payback for what Reutimann perceived to be Busch running into him earlier in the race.
That sparked a war of words that carried over to this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway, and on Friday, Busch made no bones about his unhappiness with Reutimann’s driving style.
“I race guys how they race me,” Busch said. “I’ve always gotten raced really, really hard against David Reutimann, and I’ve gotten no room, no slack, no nothing. I had the opportunity to pass him at lap 30 in the race, and he raced me so hard, it lost me two spots and I just backed off, I said, ‘It was not time in the race to do this, no big deal, I’ll get him back later.’
“The next time I got back to him was lap 50, and I didn’t cut him any slack. I got into him, which ... my fault, not meaning to.”
Busch said he hasn’t reached out to Reutimann to discuss the situation personally and doesn’t plan to anytime soon.
“Obviously he said what he said about how we feel about each other, which is all words out of his mouth,” Busch said. “Why would I apologize to a guy that races me like an (expletive) every week? No point.”
The end result is now Busch trails Sprint Cup Series point leader Jimmie Johnson by 80 points and sits seventh in the standings heading into the fourth race of the Chase.
“We’ve got way too much catching up to do versus where we could have been,” Busch said. “If I gave myself a fifth-place finish, we’d be second or third in points right now, 20 points out of the lead. I feel that’s where we legitimately could be and instead of chasing, trying to come from behind where we are, we could just keep running our own deal, doing what we need to do – finishing fifth, finishing fourth, finishing sixth.
“But right now we’ve got to step it up. We’ve got to win or finish second or third. We’ve got a lot more to pick up on.”