Kyle Busch Claps Back at Rival Joey Logano With a Warning Ahead of Darlington

Published 09/01/2023, 3:14 PM EDT

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Back in 2018, an on-track skirmish between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano became one of the most vibrant highlights of the Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Team Penske speedster had tried to run Rowdy down by bumping him in his tail. And Rowdy famously snapped into his radio saying, “it’s f*****g on”.

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After an on-and-off history of rivalries and off-track fights, the tussle between these two former teammates, reignited at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, earlier this year. On lap 86, Logano’s #22 spun Kyle Busch’s new JGR car. However, Rowdy managed to pick up pace and finish the race third. Fast forward to the end of the seasonal races of the current season, NASCAR is rolling out its fury in Darlington. And with that, the entire community is perhaps hoping that Kyle Busch will finish what he had started.

Rowdy hints at the number 18 team having better chances at Darlington Speedway

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Come Darlington; Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are going to share the track yet again. Last year at Darlington, Logano led 64 whopping laps and emerged second. Although he had demanded more, the results of that race thwarted him into the point standings after the first race of Round 1.

So it is quite natural for the 33-year-old Connecticut native to be confident about the Southern 500. In a recent podcast by the MRN crew, Joey Logano declared Bristol as his favorite and that he was the most confident about Darlington. However, Busch did not pull any punches snapping back at his old rival. But he chose to be subtle about it.

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The KB Motorsports owner felt like the Southern 500 is a “neat crown jewel” race and is extremely beneficial for NASCAR. “It’s great for us to kind of kick the playoffs off like that,” he added.

He then went on to refer to the race in September this year. Despite leading 155 laps of the race, an engine problem chucked him out of contention and awarded him a disappointing 30-place finish.

Busch said, “I like Darlington, we could have-should have won last year, could have-should have won this spring.”

While the Team Penske speedster said that he felt the best about his car, his team, and himself going into Darlington, Kyle Busch admitted that he had the 3rd or 4th best car. “So we’ve got a lot to look forward to going on to Darlington, So I’m pretty excited about our prospect,” he stated.

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Back in 2017, a fight raged between these two speedsters, so great that the two rolled on the floor like kids gripping each other and wrestling in the dust.

What started with an on-track squabble, ended up in a fistfight

NASCAR fans definitely remember Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s spring race. The last lap witnessed a head-on battle between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. But none of them got to keep the top-3 position as Chase Elliott finished 3rd after Martin Truex Jr and teammate Kyle Larson. However, as they competed for third place, Busch and Logano had a hit that had Busch’s #18 Toyota slide off the track and veer down the pit road.

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Things got uglier as Busch walked up to Logano and landed a heavy punch on his face. The latter tried to pounce on the puncher and in the process, the rivals initiated a fight that left Kyle Busch with a bleeding forehead.

At last, it took almost all of their respective crew members to hold them off of each other. Logano screamed, “Get the f**k off me,” as one of his crew members dragged him away to safety, while a few others kicked Rowdy, who was later escorted away.

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Although NASCAR does not promote dirty driving, hard racing still remains a nuance of stock car racing. And with these two rivals, who have such a bitter history sharing the track, NASCAR fans will indeed wish that something happens and these two give birth to some more action. After all, NASCAR is not just a sport, but an entertainment business, too.

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Soumyadeep is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has done his Master's in English Literature and is a semi-professional bodybuilder. He has, in recent years, channelized his love and commitment for motorsports into a building career path.
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