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Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:16 pm

Posted by Pete Pistone

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick met with the media Friday to discuss last week's altercation at Darlington and the two driver's relationship with each other. Busch did not mince any words in his dislike for Harvick (Click here for Harvick's side of the story):

Do you feel like you have a clear understanding of the NASCAR rules?

“I do.  I understand it perfectly actually.  It’s the ‘boys have at it,’ that happens out on the race track and it seems like they allow us to police ourselves pretty simply out there.  When matters get taken into the drivers hands or anything else onto pit road, where innocent bystanders can be injured or something , NASCAR is going to step in and they’re going to intervene and they’re going to set penalties the way that they feel need to be levied.  To me, it’s not a gray area, it’s pretty simple, it’s black and white.  I’m not focused in all that really or what penalties should be during what circumstances because I’m a racer and I know that going out there on the race track and trying to win is the utmost thing.  If you do that, then you certainly shouldn’t be getting in any brawls or anything like that.”

Where was your team following the incident at Darlington?

“To be honest with you, I don’t know if they were aware of the antics.  I had already unplugged my radio, so I don’t know what was going on over the radio, but we were pitted down in pit stall three or four or something like that last week.  I do know that it was an awfully long way to haul, if you ask me.  As I did turn in to the garage area after what happened down on the end of pit road, I did see  some guys coming from that way.  They were behind the pit wall, they weren’t out on pit road.  When I turned into the garage area, some of them were turning in with me and following the car. When I got back to the truck, there were about four or five at the truck.  They were where they were supposed to be, I will say that.”

Do you think hitting Kevin Harvick in the quarter panel during the race meant you were ‘throwing the gloves down?’

“Apparently he’s watching too much hockey.  That’s what you do in your own time during the week I guess.  To me, I did have a left rear tire flat and I wasn’t sure that if I turned too hard to the right to stay off of him or to get away from him that the car would actually spin out the wrong way -- my car would.  Believe that for what it’s worth.  I believe there’s some in car cameras you can see and I did have to come to pit road during that caution period to change left side tires because they were flat.”

Why do you and Kevin Harvick not get along?

“As far as us getting along, I’m not sure that we ever really did.  I think he (Kevin Harvick) tried and that’s why at Homestead I kind of talked about the two faces of Kevin Harvick.  I still believe that’s out there.  He’ll talk to you to your face like your best friends, but then behind closed doors or him at home or whatever, he has the utmost disrespectful thoughts or whatever else.  That’s all -- I don’t care.  I’m going on with my own business.”

Is there anything you want to clarify about your actions last week?

“No, I don’t feel like I’m lying about anything because there’s video cameras and what is it, 85 video cameras around the race track that will pretty much simplify or backup anything that you’re saying.  Not lying about anything.  The only thing I will say I guess is that I’m sorry I came off of turn two on the flat trying to give Kevin (Harvick) room and maybe I slid a little too far and I got into him first.  Maybe that’s what initiated everything.  I apologize about that.  It wasn’t my intentions to get into him and then have everything go down the way it went down.  I was just trying to race the final five laps as hard as I could, as clean as I could to get the best finish we could.  We shouldn’t have been back in that situation anyways, but we did have pit road -- a loose wheel and problems on pit road that we had to rebound from and come back from.”

Do you need to do anything different to take care of yourself?

“I think it’s in my sponsors best interest and in my team owner’s best interest that we are not fighters and that we’re respectful competitors and we’re out here to do our job on the race track and race as best as we can, as hard as we can and as clean as we can.  Sometimes as clean as you can, you might rub fenders with somebody or something like that.  When it becomes from getting disrespected as bad as you have from one particular guy, at some point you finally say you’ve had enough and I feel like I did stick up for myself on the race track.  Apparently there was more than on the race track afterwards.”

Do you not want there to be rules on the race track?

“The rules part -- there doesn’t need to be any clarification as far as the rules go.  The on the race track stuff, I don’t know that it really means much difference when somebody spins you out from behind on the straightaway at Homestead going 170 mph into the inside wall and ended up in a ball of flames -- that’s any different from spinning somebody out down the frontstretch at Darlington at 170 mph.  I don’t see any difference there.  I think it was just two ways maybe of going at it.   It’s just the way the cards were dealt at that particular moment.”

Do you like Kevin Harvick?

“I don’t know.  I’ve never gotten along with the guy.  I don’t know that he (Kevin Harvick) really ever got along with my brother either.  I think there’s something beyond from his past growing’s up maybe and racing with Kurt (Busch) that I don’t know and I was just kind of thrown in that I was never really liked.  I don’t know.”


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Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:56 pm

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Sorry, 128 in a 45 ____  Tongue out

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:54 pm

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

124 in a 45??????Surprised

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:49 am


NASCAR's history was built on heated rivalries and hotheads. It takes all kinds to make a sport like NASCAR. Bill Elliott is my favorite driver of all time, He was one of the cleanest drivers out there. I hated Dale, Sr. because of his tactics, but I have grown to appreciate the guys that use their their engines AND their fenders to win races. You need heroes and villans. Guys you love and guys you hate. Its the sort of thing that keeps you engaged. NASCAR needs something to keep folks interested during the JJ era. There are plenty of exciting moves on the track, but when the emotion spills off the track, that's what keeps the conversation going during the week leading up to the next race.  

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:48 pm

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

When I watch a race, I watch the race, if I want to watch a fight with people that shouldn't be fighting, I'll watch WWE..
Dale Earnhardt Sr will always be known as one of the best racers of all time,  not one that wouldn't fight.
I watch the race for exciting moves, etc....

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:27 am

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Yeah, Busch sure isn't a fighter.  He'll just hook your right rear and send you head on into the wall, then say how "I'm a racer not a fighter" and "I had a flat tire and wasn't in control." 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:33 am

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Kyle won 8 races and missed the chase a couple years ago, he's a great driver and at some point will realize no one cares about how many truck races he wins.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:31 am

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

As a Kyle Busch fan, I know this guy was an immature very unpopular driver for the first few years of his career. The reality is at this point Kyle may not be the most likeable guy, but he at the least is honest about who he is. Kevin Harvick gained an instant fan base when he drove the once 3 car to a great victory in just his second race for RCR. At the time I was not much of a NASCAR fan but found that whole story compelling and like many took a greater interest in the sport and Harvick. Now as a real fan of the sport, I can say I don't like Kevin Harvick. He as Micheal Waltrip said on the weekly showtime show "thinks it's his job to police the whole track". Bottom line, Kyle is a a more mature guy at a much younger age then Happy Harvick. I've now seen him put his hands on Montoya and Kyle. Pretending your going to fight another driver on the track is even more lame then baseball brawls. Harvick is a phoney, who acts like he and the few guys he respects are the only guys that know how to drive. "Happy" has talent, but not as much as Kyle, and at some point soon maybe this year, maybe later, Kyle Busch will in my opinion start focusing less on Saturday and ore on Sunday, and when he does, I think he will win a few championships. As for Harvick he has a lot of ability, but he has to lose the tough guy act. Kyle Busch isn't looking to have a fist fight, if Harvick wants a dance partner let him pick a fight with another hot head like Newman or Carl Edwards.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:26 am

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

How many wins does Harvick have? Now, how many wins does Busch have?  Harvick can't carry Busch's helmet.  Geez, don't even like Busch, but it's too easy to show how much better of a driver he is than Harvick.

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Harvick shouldn't be fined for getting out of his car, Busch pushed his car....Busch could have backed up and drove around Harvicks car. Busch was the idiot here....he started all this when he hooked Harvick on the track and deserves to get the crap beat out of him!!! Imagine how much damage was done to Harvicks car....I would be pissed if I was RCR!!! Busch needs to get slammed into the wall....he is a pussy!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:10 pm

Kyle Busch takes on Kevin Harvick comments

Busch is an amazing minor leagues driver.  But you are right, his Cup numbers are not really any better over the last few years than Edwards, Hamlin, Stewart and of course are shy of Johnson.  It's his inflated Truck and Nationwide numbers that make people think he's the best racer of all time.  I'm a Harvick fan and although I admit his numbers are a bit shy of Kyle's in terms of race wins and laps led, they are just as good if not better in terms of finishes and points standing positions.

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