Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch in the No.18 M&M’s brownie Toyota started Sunday’s Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway from 26th place and made his way through the field to finish in second behind his team mate Denny Hamlin.
Busch was involved in a late race incident with the No.9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports which saw Elliot retire from the race and gave Busch the figure as a sign of disgust.
Speaking following the race, Busch said:
It was kind of like the other night where we had an up-and-down night. Didn’t get in the fence tonight. Seemed like it was trying to progress forward the whole night. Didn’t get in the wall, didn’t set us back. Didn’t have loose wheels, didn’t set us back. We were able to steadily keep climbing up towards the front.
Had a top five run there and that’s kind of where we ended up.
Busch was asked about his relationship with Elliott to which he said:
Yeah, I mean, I’m certainly going to reach out. Him and I have always had a cordial relationship over the years. Certainly we’re not near as close, we’re not friends like you’d say him and Blaney are or anything like that.
I’ve known him since he was 12 or 13 years old, been racing with him ever since then, late models, super late models, trucks, Xfinity cars, all that sort of stuff.
Obviously I just made a mistake, misjudged the gap, sent him into the wall. That was entirely unintentional. Yeah, I mean, I’ll definitely reach out to him and tell him I’m sorry, tell him I hate it that it happened. All I can do. That doesn’t change the outcome of the night.
I hate it for him and his guys, yeah.
Speaking about the gesture that Elliott made tochim, Busch commented saying:
No, I didn’t see him out there doing that. I thought we had protocols where we’re not supposed to do that, so okay.
Wednesday’s race was the first time since 1984 that NASCAR has run a midweek race and speaking about that Busch said:
Yeah, I think it’s fine. I think once you get back to practicing, qualifying, racing, having Wednesday night shows, you show up in the morning, you have inspection, you practice, you qualify, you have inspection before the race I guess, then you go race.
I think the way that the schedule is kind of working out, I just hope they can figure out a way to be able to get us a practice or two, if it’s 50 minutes each, then we qualify and then we race. I think the time allows throughout the day.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns on Sunday with their big race the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.