WATCH: Kyle Busch and Ross Chastain Have a Heated Discussion After Their Wreck in Phoenix

Published 03/18/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) waits for the restart of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


During Sunday’s Cup Series at the Phoenix Raceway, Kyle Busch and Ross Chastain ended up getting tangled with each other. The whole incident got triggered when Busch checked up and a startled Chastain got into the back of him. So, with 30 laps left, poor old Busch got sent into a spin and plummeted down the order.

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After the race, the two of them confronted each other on pit road. However, there was a small amusing moment when Matt DiBenedetto watched the two argue. The #21 driver was coolly sipping water and anxiously waiting for a brawl to break out, so that he could jump in.

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In the end, Busch could only muster 25th fastest at the Phoenix Raceway. While Chastain faired a little better when he finished 19th on the track, DiBenedetto crossed the finish line in 14th place. Obviously, none of the three were too pleased with their results, but the season is still long.

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Can Kyle Busch redeem himself at Atlanta?

Truthfully speaking, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver can definitely achieve it, despite his sluggish start. He already has two wins at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and his form has been improving this year. Busch recorded a 10th place finish at Homestead-Miami and third place on home soil at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Admittedly, he got a bit unlucky at Phoenix when Chastain wrong-footed him. Had he not tangled with the rookie, he could have registered a decent finish. Alas, what was done is done, so all he can do is sit and wonder what could have been. Of course, he cannot afford to dwell on the quisquillian situation for too long.

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This is because he has to move on quickly and focus on the next race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Safe to say, Ross Chastain will also be of a similar mindset. Kyle Busch will be desperate to bag a win this season and continue his win streak to 17 consecutive years.

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