Kyle Busch Blames Himself After Wife Samantha’s “Couple Inches” Public Roast

Published 03/02/2024, 9:29 AM EST

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Richard Childress Racing’s star driver, Kyle Busch, took to Instagram after the photo finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. The two-time Cup Series champion was disappointed after missing out on his 64th Cup win. As Daniel Suarez took the checkered flag ahead of Rowdy and Ryan Blaney, it was just mere inches that separated the three drivers at the start-finish line. And little did Busch know that his expression of losing the race by inches would turn against him. And funny enough, it was his wife, Samantha Busch, who brutally trolled him on the same post, writing, “I’ve been telling you that for almost 20 years 😜.” Despite the grilling roast by his wife, the 38-year-old driver believed that he himself invited the jibe by Samantha owing to his script of the post.

Kyle Busch could have done with a better script

The difference between Suarez and Busch for the win was 0.007 seconds. Therefore, the RCR driver was quick to express his thoughts after losing out on the race by fine margins. He wrote on his Instagram account, “Can’t get much closer than that. Needed a couple inches📏.” Well, his wife, Samanta Busch, was quick on her case and dropped a public roast towards Rowdy.


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Needless to say, Samantha’s jibe towards Busch made for a good laugh for the entire community. However, in a recent interview with TMZ, the driver believes that it was his own doing to let his wife drop a hilariously savage reply. “I think I left the door wide open for those sorts of comments with how I scripted my text underneath my post, so she played that well.”

Busch did manage to engineer a brilliant move in the last lap, coming off the final turn of the race. His move sliced the three drivers to form a three-wide coming to the checkered flag. However, Suarez, despite being forced to the outside wall and a close call with Busch’s No. 8 RCR car, managed to put his nose in front of the two drivers. Thus pulling off one of the most iconic finishes the sport has ever seen.

Interestingly, for a race that was marred by a number of accidents and cautions, Busch explained why the finish was clean and how it could have turned ugly.


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A clean and memorable ending to a rather wreck filled race


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A total of 10 cautions were flagged for 65 laps throughout the course of a 260-lap race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It all started with a big one in just the second lap of the race that collected 16 cars in a wreck. So seeing the three drivers pull off a clean end to the race, considering a win on the line, made for an iconic finish. However, things could have gone south between Suarez and Busch, who made contact in the final lap of the race.

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Busch explained, “I’ve been doing it for so long that’s not really nerve-wracking for me. But you always kind of down towards the end of the race and I’m always in the mindset of like where are we going to crash? But thankfully, we just kind of touched each other a little bit, it wasn’t too big of a deal, we didn’t crash, nobody turned across somebody else’s nose and wanted to create chaos. And we were able to finish it out straight and square.”

With two superspeedway races out of the way, Kyle Busch will now head to his home track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third Cup race of the season.


Written by:

Chintan Devgania


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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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Rohan Karnad