Kyle Busch Recalls His Own Episode With ‘Dirty’ Kevin Harvick Amidst Chase Elliott Feud

Published 10/11/2021, 11:10 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 25: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)


At the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Kevin Harvick did not really endear himself to many drivers. One of his latest rivals is Hendrick Motorsports driver and defending champion, Chase Elliott. However, Harvick’s latest antics drew the ire of many drivers, and one of them was Kyle Busch.

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He said, “The #4 was bout running over everybody. He wasn’t making any friends out there today. That just kind of goes to show what you’ve got to do in these races. It doesn’t matter who’s feelings you hurt and what’s going to come back on you next week. We saw it with me last year, the #4 dumped me at Martinsville, you know.

“Can’t say that I’ve been guilty of that yet, but there’s some dirty dudes out there.”

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Kyle Busch mentioned this on the back of the feud between Chase Elliott and Harvick. Apparently, this has been going on since the Playoff race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

What is the rivalry between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick like?

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The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is speaking from experience, because he has tangled with Harvick on multiple occasions. The earliest one was at the 2005 MBNA RacePoints 200 at the Dover International Speedway. Later on, the two of them took potshots at each other, and that wasn’t the last time.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, before the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18, 2021, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The next time they clashed was at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2010. A year later, they duked it out at the Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. They would collide later on in the same year at Charlotte and at Pocono, before finally culminating it at the Martinsville Speedway in 2020. Luckily, the two have since calmed down their heated rivalry to grudging mutual respect.

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However, it is worth mentioning that Harvick and Busch are two of the most hot-headed drivers on the grid. So, it really wasn’t surprising to see the Stewart-Haas Racing driver get snippy with Chase Elliott. The Georgia native himself was not pulling any punches either.

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