Emotions High for Ex-Teammates
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on March 30, 2014 | 6:07 P.M. EST
Keselowski finished 38th after contact with Busch on pit road ruined his race. (Photo: Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Brad Keselowski is done with former teammate Kurt Busch’s actions on the track and said if Busch wants to fight then “tell him to come here. We’ll go.’’
Keselowski finished 38th after contact with Busch on pit road ruined his race. Busch went on to win Sunday’s STP 400 at Martinsville Speedway.
Keselowski’s frustration also was compounded by an incident with Busch at Kentucky last year that caused Keselowski to wreck.
Asked if he had lost respect for Busch over those incidents, Keselowski said: “I still do. He does awesome things for charity and he’s probably the most talented racecar driver and he’s also one of the dumbest.’’
Sunday’s incident happened as both Keselowski and Busch - teammates at Team Penske from 2009-11 - were on pit road during the Lap 40 competition caution. As Keselowski exited his pit stall, Kasey Kahne turned for his box and Keselowski and Busch had contact.
The damage sent Keselowski to the garage for repairs. He finished 31 laps off the pace.
“I started to check up, and I just barely got in the back of (Kahne) and Kurt just accelerated and drove through us, absolutely drove through us,” Keselowski said after going to the garage for repairs. “I tell you what, I’m about tired of his recklessness. Kurt tore the whole suspension off the car, so it won’t turn, it won’t do anything.’’
Busch’s version was different.
“I steered right to go around Brad and he clobbers our left-side door,’’ Busch said after his 25th career Sprint Cup victtory. “Accidents happen on pit road, it’s congested. I’s not a place to race because of all the pit crew guys down there, and I didn’t think much of it.
“Once we were back out running, he targeted us, he was aiming for us. He tried to flatten to all four of my tires. That’s a punk-ass move. He will get what he gets back when I decide to give it back.’’
Keselowski tagged Busch’s car as they ran side-by-side down the backstretch. Even after getting by, Keselowski stayed close and they raced each other as if they were running the last lap instead of having more than 400 laps left.
Busch’s frustration grew and he said he would fight Keselowski after the race.
Told of that comment after the race, Keselowski said: “Tell him to come here. I’m right here. He knows where I’m at. Leave Victory Lane. We’ll go.’’