Johnson-Busch Still Rages On

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson have a long history of not seeing eye-to-eye. (Photo: Getty Images)

Last week’s feud between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch continued between the two former series champions this weekend at Watkins Glen.

The pair has a fairly long history of not seeing eye-to-eye which was accentuated last weekend at Pocono Raceway.

After making contact on track during the last lap, Johnson and Busch exchanged heated moments on pit road that carried over into their post-race media session comments.

That war of words continued this weekend at Watkins Glen with neither driver backing down from his view of the incident or each other.

"The bottom line is, he just started running his mouth,” Johnson said of his conversation with Busch on pit road last week. “And if you look at over the years and what his mouth has done for him, it got Jimmy Spencer to punch him in the face. It's led to issues with the NASCAR officials on pit road. I think we all tune in weekly to wonder what he's going to say to his crew guys. You look at what he said to Roger Penske, his car owner. That aspect is the part that really got me mad. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let him run his mouth at me. That's kind of how it is."

Johnson was especially irritated with what Busch said after the two separated on pit road at Pocono.

"When we got to pit road, I'm not sure if anyone has had words with someone before, but when you're in that moment and you're having words with someone, and as the crowd starts to build around, that guy all of the sudden gets brave,” he said. “And then when you think it's over, and you walk away, and that guy gets real tough, I don't know about you, but that really makes me mad.”

Busch had his opportunity to address the situation during his media availability at The Glen Saturday morning and reiterated his view that Johnson was in the wrong when the two made contact at Pocono.

“That’s not a move of a five-time champion,’’ Busch. “That’s the move of a guy that has had an issue with a guy like me. We've raced each othe rhard and I've been spun out and wrecked a few times and we both know that we look at each other very sternly. That’s great competition. That blends into rubbing is racing. When you have a history with a guy you just don’t forget about it. I learned from one of the greats about how to keep a memory on how who does you right or who does you wrong and that was Jimmy Spencer. He taught me a lot.”

Busch plans to continue racing the way he believes is necessary to win races and a championship and not worry about Johnson – or anyone else on the racetrack.

“I felt the way we raced each other on the track was what champions need to do and that is bring the cars home where they were running on track,” Busch said. “Where we raced each other with a juke and jive and rubbing, that’s racing.

“I talked to my dad about things and my dad is like: “That’s rubbing. That’s racing son. That’s how it works.’ He was one that taught me a lot about racing and everything that I’ve done in racing is to make him proud. He said rubbing is racing. I’m putting the “R” back in racing.’’

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