Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch says he is disappointed that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did not reach out following an incident between the two last week at Daytona International Speedway, then fired a shot at the Roush Fenway Racing driver when asked if he would race Stenhouse Jr. differently.
“He did not reach out,” Busch said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. When pressed with follow-up questions, he added: “I am disappointed that he did not. He wiped out half the field. I was pretty sure it’d be a pretty busy Monday for him. There wasn’t, so apparently he just doesn’t care.”
When asked if it changed how Busch, who has five wins this season, would race the No. 17, he quipped: “I can’t worry about people that far back in the field.”
Busch exited Saturday’s race at Daytona early following contact with Stenhouse Jr. Busch, Kurt Busch and others indicated they felt Stenhouse Jr. initiated both of the race’s early big wrecks.
Stenhouse Jr. later said it was simply aggressive speedway racing as he seeks a win to lock up a playoff spot.
“I was frustrated with myself causing crashes like that,” Stenhouse said after Saturday night’s race. “You don‘t ever really want to do that.”
However, to Busch, reaching out to fellow drivers to apologize personally is a mindset not everyone shares in the garage. And he doesn’t expect one to come from the driver of the No. 17.
“If you don‘t care, then don‘t reach out you know,” Busch said. “If you did it purposefully, don‘t reach out. But if you actually have some remorse, and you‘re apologetic … I tend to reach out. When I make mistakes or when I do things that I feel like hindered other drivers than I always reach out and say something like ‘Hey man, hate I got into you, I‘m sorry.‘ … It‘s not going to change the fact, but at least you took that step.”