Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sparked two crashes during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday, but it appears some of the drivers aren’t completely over the incident yet.
They’re wrecking again!@StenhouseJr and @KyleBusch make contact to trigger another crash at Daytona. #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/EbGe36ktA0
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 8, 2018
During a press conference Friday ahead of the Quaker State 400, Kyle Busch wasn’t holding back when he was asked about the incident and how Stenhouse handled it afterward.
“I can’t worry about people that far back in the field.” @KyleBusch didn’t hold back when asked about his clash with the 17. pic.twitter.com/4LWsMVyMCP
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 13, 2018
Busch first said he was disappointed Stenhouse didn’t reach out following the race. He went on to say: “You wipe out half the field and pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him. But there wasn’t, so apparently he just doesn’t care.”
But the real jab came when a reporter asked, “So does that change how you race him?”
Busch replied: “I can’t worry about people that far back in the field.”
Stenhouse spoke to Busch on Friday after the second round of qualifying for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
“I told him that, I was like, ‘Hey, you’re right, you do run a lot further up front, but pick and choose your battles wisely because you will have to deal with me sometime whether you are lapping me or we get our cars better and we are up there racing with you,’” Stenhouse said (via NBC Sports). “So I told him if you want to keep running his mouth, he can come over and do it around me and I’ll stop it for him myself.”
Stenhouse said Busch told him “he had things to do.”
“He plugged his radio back in,” Stenhouse said. “I told him he can keep coming over and running his mouth. He kind of stopped after that. I don’t know what his thought is. I just told him what my thought was and the reason why I didn’t reach out to him.”
Busch, who sits at the top of the driver standings, has five wins this season while Stenhouse has yet to finish higher than fourth and is 16th in points.