NASCAR: Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin Engage in Hilarious Banter in Response to Kyle Busch’s Tweet

Published 03/23/2021, 11:48 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, talks with his brother, Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Recently, the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team had a squad meeting after the Cup race in Atlanta this past Sunday. While most of the members seemed to be seated, there was one big name in Denny Hamlin missing. Kyle Busch saw this as a chance to have some fun.

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Busch took a selfie with others seated during the meeting and posted the image on Twitter. The two-time Cup champion posted a caption, that read, Where u at @dennyhamlin?”

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Seeing the message, Hamlin did not hold back and gave a cheeky reply to Busch. Hamlin said he is out buying flowers for Kyle’s brother Kurt, causing him to be late for the meeting. “Buying your brother flowers,” read Hamlin’s response.

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 26: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

What did that reply mean from Denny Hamlin to Kyle Busch?

While one may be confused by Hamlin’s response, it seems like he was referring to the on-track incident involving himself and Kurt, during the Cup race at Atlanta. During a restart, Hamlin rushed in, nudging Kurt from behind amid traffic and sending him into the wall.

Kurt suffered heavy damage to his no. 1 car, ending his race very early after he had an impressive start. The older Busch brother joined in the Twitter banter, with a funny reply to Hamlin, reminding him of his move during the race.

Kurt Busch was not happy with the move from Hamlin

After his day ended early, Busch was highly frustrated with the sequence of events. He believed he was set for a very strong finish at one of his stronger tracks, but an unfortunate incident halted his progress.

“Dude, it’s a 500-miler. These are the days that hurt the worst. This absolutely hurts the worst….I’m pretty pissed off. It’s a restart, where are we gonna go man, chill,” Kurt said after his race ended.

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Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) slides threw the pits after being wrecked on a restart in turn one at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

He seemed to be miffed with Hamlin for rushing into things on a restart and causing the damage, despite so much time left in the race. The former Cup champion was credited with a 39th-place finish eventually.

Hamlin, however, continued his good form so far this season and notched up another top-5 finish. He is the current leader in the Cup standings, on points. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch finished just behind Hamlin in 5th place.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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