“I Hate It for Him, I Think He Lost It” – Kyle Busch Refutes Austin Dillon’s Claims and Blames Him for Stage 1 Wreck

Published 03/26/2022, 11:06 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon had a little incident on the Atlanta Motor Speedway race. Of course, as we all know, both of their races ended sooner than they wanted it to. The incident happened in Stage 1 after the restart with just 5 laps left of the stage.

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Dillon ran 3rd with the No. 18 on his right bumped going into Turn 4 on the outside lane. And, the pair hadn’t cleared the pit road, which is when Busch’s push got the No.3 Chevy loose, launching into the outside wall.

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With left with nowhere else to go, he saw himself running into the will with Austin Dillon. And, both cars slid down the stretch, crossing the finish line sideways.

Austin Dillon blames Kyle Busch

Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon (3) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon didn’t shy away from pointing his finger at Kyle Busch as the man who ended his race early.

“No, I was in the gas wide open, and the 18 was pushing us on the left rear from what I saw,” Dillon said when asked if he checked up on Turn 4. “Got me loose and took us both out of the race. It didn’t help that the other two cars were coming up the track, so it took some air off the nose, but he’s already got me turned right there.”

Kyle Busch doesn’t buy Austin Dillon’s Claims

Kyle Busch denied he caused the crash. In fact, he said that “I hate it for him, I think he lost it”.

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He then added, “I think the air changed in front of him and he wasn’t ready for the air change that happened and then he got loose, and then I touched him.” 

He then refuted Dillon’s claim that he pushed him. “I certainly wouldn’t have pushed through the corner. I’m smarter than that, better than that. Wasn’t trying to push anyone else, any other part of the day, through the corner, wasn’t the time in the day to be pushing. We’re not even to the first stage yet so.”

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All in all, it is definitely sad for both the drivers, how their race ended so early. Although, the question remains. Who was responsible for the wreck? Was it Kyle Busch? Or, Austin Dillon caused it? I will let you decide that.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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