WATCH: Fan Picks a Fight with NASCAR ‘Bad Boy’ Kyle Busch

Published 04/30/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
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)

Kyle Busch is a NASCAR driver who divides opinions. You can either love him or you absolutely despise him. However, there are a lot of people who fall into the latter category. Despite his short fuse, there are times when he is not the instigator of an incident. This is exactly what happen in 2018 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

As it happened, a fan thought it would be a good idea to heckle Busch. The #18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver was just leaving the track when the fan decided to drop a few F-bombs and jeer at him.

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Obviously, he did not appreciate the stunt and an altercation took place. To his credit, Busch did not go out with his fists swinging immediately. Instead, he tried his best to ignore the hater and board a buggy to leave the track.

What prompted the Kyle Busch altercation?

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Apparently, the whole thing got triggered when Busch bumped Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. Already, it was a wretched race for Kyle Busch due to an early crash. So he tried his hardest to rally back to the front. Unfortunately, he was right on the ragged edge, and poor old Truex Jr just so happened to get in his way. At least Busch was man enough to admit that he was at fault for the Martin Truex collision.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 01: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Adam Stevens, crew chief of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Later on, karmic justice struck Busch as he crashed out yet again. Unfortunately, it seemed that some fans were not satisfied and the one who tried to pick a fight wanted to serve up their own justice.

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In the end, one had to applaud Kyle Busch for showing some form of restraint and not lashing out. Ironically, Martin Truex Jr would later move to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2019 season and become Kyle Busch’s teammate.

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