November 04, 2011
Busch and Hornaday brought out the caution when they made contact while passing the lapped truck of Johnny Chapman, who was on the inside. Hornaday was in the middle and slid up and touched Busch and while the two drivers saved their trucks from spinning, they both brushed the wall.
Hornaday said that he didn't have anywhere to go and Busch knew that the lapped truck was there to their inside.
"This is just stupid. He knew what I was going for, he knew I was there. He had to lift too. If I'd have lifted, I'd probably gotten in the back of the slower car and would have caused a big wreck. He just drove me in the fence," Hornaday said on SPEED after he got out of the infield care center.
Busch had a slightly different view.
"If you consider Ron's in the championship, maybe Ron could have played it a little bit smarter on lap 15," Busch said after the incident. "(I) checked up a little bit and gave him room to everybody around. Obviously when you make it a three wide situation -- I can't go up in the dirt. I'm already on the outside lane. There's not three lanes out here right now."
"If I just lay over and give up everything for Ron Hornaday, that's not Kyle Busch's fashion. I'm out here to win a race just as much as anyone else is, and when he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up into the fence, I ended up losing my cool. I've been wrecked four weeks in a row and I finally just had enough of it. I'm sorry it's Ron Hornaday and he's going after a championship but the fact of the matter is its just, you can't place all blame on one person. there's two people that got into it to begin with and there's two people that ended it."
And guess who owns Ron Hornaday's truck? Yep, Kevin Harvick, who Busch had a run-in at Darlington with in May. And at Kansas in June, Busch was on the receiving end of punches thrown by Richard Childress, Harvick's car owner after Busch battled RCR driver Joey Coulter in the final laps of the Truck race there.
Immediately after the incident, there were many cries for a harsh punishment -- and even a suspension for Busch. You've seen the video; how should Busch be penalized?
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