Kyle Busch Sending Mixed Messages, Still Pissed At Reutimann

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

There are always times in sports where tempers get the best of you, but then in the end you usually see where the other guy was coming from when things cool off. Not Kyle Busch.

Nearly a week after David Reutimann took a retaliatory shot at Busch following contact early in the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, he opened up during his weekly media availability.

When asked if he reviewed the tape to see if maybe he did anything wrong, Busch fired back.

“What’s there to review?” Busch asked.

“I was there, I lived it.”

Early in the discussion it appeared that Busch was content to just brush the media off. Keeping his answers to all questions on the Reutimann feud very short.

But then just moments later he said something that caught me a little bit off guard.

Busch was asked if intentionally wrecking someone should result in a penalty from NASCAR.

“Yes and no. I mean I think in the case of which, I mean Everything is a different case obviously,” Busch said. “Myself and Brad Keselowski at Bristol was one of those instances, where then last week myself and David Reutimann was another case. It’s all up to NASCAR. You know, obviously they’re the grandfather of this deal.”

Think about how mixed the message that Busch is sending. Any politician would love that quote from him. What he is basically saying is that when he crashes someone out to win a race, moments after they nudge him from the lead it is okay.

However if someone punts him from the fifth spot 100-laps after he punted them from contention that deserves a penalty.


Things got even more ridiculous as the interview continued.

When asked if anything should happen to the ‘Have at it boys’ rule, Busch had an unique view.

“Well I think in the instance in which everybody knew payback was coming, I think that’s kinda dumb to let it happen,” Busch said.

This led to a great question. How do you police that during the race?

“Call a warning over the radio, and say 00 (Reutimann) don’t do anything,” Busch said.

I understand that Busch is upset, and deservedly so about what happened last week in Kansas, but he spun out a guy who just a month ago had a heated war of words with him.

Not only that, but the guy who he spun out is not in the Chase For The Sprint Cup, so he has nothing left to race for, but victories.

When Busch ran him over on lap 56, Reutimann’s shot at victory was over, and he was relegated to just riding around the rest of the day. I honestly don’t think that NASCAR radioing to tell him not to touch another car was going to stop him.

What’s he got to lose? Points? I don’t think so.

Kyle Busch would admit that he is still pissed at Reutimann, because he cost him 60-points, and by the end of the interview he would take one last shot at Reutimann.

“Why would I apologize to a guy who races me like an asshole every week?” Busch said.

Busch as I have said in the past has more raw-talent than anyone else in the garage area, if he could just keep his nose clean he would be able to walk his way to a Sprint Cup championship.

He has had run-ins with Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine, and James Buescher in the Camping World Truck Series recently, and in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series I have lost track of the people who may have him on their “hit-list”.

There is an old saying that when you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

Well Busch has been living with this style of bumping, nudging, and spinning people out of the way for victories his entire career.

Then every year when the Chase begins he magically falls to the back of the standings.

It isn’t a coincidence folks, it is the drivers policing themselves. It’s been around a lot longer than the recently public ‘Boys have at it’, and unless Busch changes something, I think he may be in this same familiar spot every season.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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