Kyle Busch Opens Up on the Three-Way Battle in Kansas With Defending NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson and His Brother Kurt Busch

Published 05/16/2022, 5:07 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Lime is Back Toyota, walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Echopark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Nobody could’ve asked for a better than what we got at Kansas Speedway. The Busch brothers chasing down defending champion Kyle Larson? The stuff of gold.

However, the race could’ve gone in either direction, and that is to say that while it the Busch brother that won the race was Kurt, it could very well have been Kyle.

“We were in control of the race in the final restart. You want to win the race in that instance and I feel like our car was good enough to do so but Larson did a good job getting in my left rear, getting in the right spot coming off of (Turn) 2 to drag me back to the backstretch,” Kyle Busch said in a post-race interview.

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“I couldn’t retaliate the side draft getting into (Turn) 3, so he meet us right there. Once he got clear, it was over.”

When asked whether he thought Kurt Busch would make up the ground on Kyle Larson, which he eventually did, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said he was “surprised” his brother did what he did.

“Kurt was really good all day,” Busch said. “He was super fast, I feel like we were right there with him really close, but I couldn’t make any ground on Larson so I was surprised he could, knowing our stuff’s really close.”

Did Kyle Busch take revenge against NASCAR?

During the NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington, the JGR #18 driver left his Toyota in the middle of the pit road after a wreck. This was something that Freddie Kraft, the NASCAR spotter for Bubba Wallace touched upon in an episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast and theorized that the act was possibly a pay-back to NASCAR for a similar incident from last season.

“Kyle Busch has the ability to be a complete a*****e at times. And sometimes his attitude is very calculated,” Kraft said.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Mars Crunchy Cookie Toyota, waits on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 02, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“If you remember last year, he got fined $50,000 for driving through the cones and almost hitting a person as he pulled into a garage. So in his mind, this is what his response to NASCAR.”

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The spotter argued that Kyle Busch was, as mad as he was in the moment, still thinking about what happened last year.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & 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. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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