Reutimann-Busch Steal Kansas Spotlight

Kyle Busch

Busch dropped four positions in the point standings. (Photo: Getty Images)

While Greg Biffle went to victory lane, the controversial pair of incidents between Kyle Busch and David Reutimann was the center of attention in Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The two tangled early in Sunday’s race when Busch made contact with Reutimann’s rear bumper as the field raced through turns one and two on lap 52. Reutimann’s car spun into the infield grass and he was forced to pit for repairs on both the front and rear end of his car.

Reutimann returned to the track and by lap 152 had caught up with Busch and promptly drove into the side of the M&M’s Toyota racing down the backstretch. This time it was Busch slamming the wall hard while Reutimann spun into the infield and both cars were severely damaged.

Busch was furious and initially demanded NASCAR to take action against Reutimann, which the sanctioning body did not. He was able to finish the race in 21st position but dropped four positions in the point standings and now trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 80.

The tangle was the latest incident between the two drivers who have had a lengthy series of disagreements including one at Bristol back in August.

Busch understood Reutimann’s position of “pay back,” but rather questioned the timing.

“He slid up off the bottom and I got into him unintentionally and just spun him out,” said Busch. “My fault 100 percent. But then the retaliation to a guy that’s in the Chase that’s racing for something? He’ll be here next year. He could’ve wrecked me in any of the first 26 races next year.”

Reutimann wasn’t concerned when things happened or how it affected Busch and his playoff hopes.

“He just rolled over me,” Reutimann said. “I’m on the bottom of the race track and he had the whole top of the race track to go to, and he run over me. I got wrecked.

“You guys can sugarcoat it all you want, but he wrecked me. You can tell me how bad he wants it, how hard he drives, how much he wants it above everybody else. That’s all fine. You guys can say all that, but he just wrecked me.”

Reutimann’s team owner Michael Waltrip issued a statement supporting his driver.

“There are 43 drivers on the race track each Sunday, and there is no delineation between Chase participants and non-Chase participants when it comes to respect,” said Waltrip’s statement.

“Everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing is working hard to deliver great results to our owners, employees and sponsors. All organizations have a lot at stake each week as we are all measured by our performance and finishing position. When David Reutimann’s chance to compete for a win at Kansas was taken away, it set off a series of events that have been well documented.

“I stand behind David because his record of sportsmanship is flawless. “It is the duty of MWR’s drivers to deliver for Toyota and our other partners, and I expect them [all] to be treated fairly while doing so.”

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