THROWBACK: Kyle Busch and Joey Logano Trade Punches After Eventful NASCAR Race at Las Vegas

Published 03/05/2021, 9:30 AM EST
SPARTA, KY – JULY 07: Kyle Busch (L), driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, talks with Joey Logano (R), driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, in the garage during testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


NASCAR, much like any other sport, is not privy to intense arguments, fights and drama. So as the Cup Series action heads to Las Vegas this weekend, one would well remember the brawl that broke out between drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

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Back in the year 2017, Busch had impressively managed to claim the race lead and only had some more distance to go. But on the final lap, contact with Logano meant that he lost control of his car and slipped down the order to finish 22nd in the end.

It agitated the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who stormed onto the pit road and walked towards Logano’s pit crew setup. It quickly turned into a brawl after Busch landed the first blow to Logano, after which various crew members jumped in to stop the altercation.

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Kyle Busch was left bloodied from the exchange of blows

Logano had stated at the time, “I’ve never had an issue with Kyle. Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We’ve never had an issue, but I guess that’s over.”

The clash required intervention from NASCAR officials to separate members from both camps. One security personnel member then escorted Busch, who had also suffered a cut to his forehead from the incident.

Busch had said in the post-race interview, “I got dumped. Flat out wrecked me. That’s how Joey races. He’s going to get it.”

A Busch vs Logano on-track matchup is a possibility for this Sunday’s race

Despite these differences, it is always a good sight for racing fans to see two top-notch drivers battle it out on the track. From that perspective, Busch and Logano may just have to race one another for some valuable points this Sunday.

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MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Busch starts the race in 14th, while Logano starts 15th alongside Christopher Bell on the 8th row. Rest assured, for the first stage at least, we could see the two former Cup Series champions hustle to get into the Top-10 places.

Both drivers also have a decent record at this location, and will hence also look to add a win to their already illustrious tallies. But whether any residual frustration from that 2017 incident between the pair reflects on the track this weekend is something that remains to be seen.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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