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Kyle Busch Insinuates He Feels Betrayed by Driver, Who Drove for His NASCAR Team, Amid Denny Hamlin Controversy

Published 03/19/2023, 2:21 PM EDT

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In a recent interview leading up to the race at Atlanta, Kyle Busch called out the lack of mutual respect in the garage between drivers considering what happened between Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain. But when his role in installing or reinstating a better environment in terms of mutual respect was questioned, Busch raised his hands.

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The two-time Cup champion touched upon the etiquette of racing, which existed back when there were drivers like Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, and Mark Martin. But in modern-day NASCAR, Busch claimed “that’s gone.”

This led to a reporter asking him if “trying to do something” about this isn’t something he considers a part of his role as a veteran.


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Kyle Busch is not interested in teaching drivers about issues on track

Responding to the question about his role in doing something over the loss of mutual respect, Busch said he doesn’t want to bother talking to the drivers. He also hinted at an incident between him and Chandler Smith from the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix.

“I’ve tried to talk to guys,” Busch said. “They don’t listen, so I’ve lost interest in talking to them. I had a teammate that I talked to, a kid that raced for me two years in the Truck Series who I got into it last week with and tried to talk to him about those exact same issues. “


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“Lo and behold, it happened to me three races into a new year somewhere else, so I’m done taking to them, they don’t listen.”

Chandler Smith claimed the incident with Busch was “a racing incident”

Speaking after the race in Phoenix, Chandler Smith addressed the incident with Kyle Busch. He claimed that when two drivers are so close to each other’s door, there’s no saving it.


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“It doesn’t matter who it is, there’s no saving that, so it was just a racing incident,” Smith said.

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Smith added he and Busch will “probably talk about it” and he’d want to get across the point that he wasn’t trying to do anything intentionally to ruin his race.


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Shaharyar is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.
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