WATCH: When Brad Keselowski Fumed After Kyle Busch Spun Him Out at Kansas

Published 10/23/2021, 11:21 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) races Kyle Busch (18) during the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


Back in 2013, there was an incident involving Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in an Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway. Sometime during the race, the #51 car of Busch snuck alongside Keselowski’s #22. Then, things went horribly wrong when he spun Keselowski around.

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To his credit, the driver did his best to wrestle the car, but to no avail. In the end, he spun rear-first into the outside wall, and his race was over, resulting in a paltry 28th place finish. Obviously, he was furious, and stormed out of his car towards Busch’s pit area, gesticulating wildly. What infuriated him even further was the fact that Kyle Busch finished in 4th place.

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How did Brad Keselowski react to the crash?

Since he was still steaming about the accident, Keselowski was understandably snappy. He declared that a ‘dirty driver’ wrecked him out of the race.

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However, Busch fired back and said, “Brad Keselowski knows what dirty drivers are because he’s done it plenty of times. I have yet to wreck a person on purpose. That goes to show you the kind of person Brad Keselowski is and the class he doesn’t have.”

LONG POND, PA – JUNE 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) M&M’s Mini’s Toyota prior to the NASCAR Cup Series – Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on June 27, 2021 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On an interesting note though, Busch had the temerity to suggest that it would be wise for Keselowski to not retaliate. He tried to justify himself by recalling an incident from the previous year. At that time, the two tangled and cost Busch a Playoff spot, but Kyle Busch did not seek revenge.

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In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the blame game was strong. Each driver insisted that they did nothing wrong, and that the other was to blame. The Penske driver was a little disappointed in Busch, because they had been racing cleanly almost all year. So he was angry that Kyle Busch had started the ‘war’ between them.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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