Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a different Kyle Busch — one who is more patient and more mature, yet still the wheelman of his more aggressive times. But the old Kyle Busch still exists as shown today after the 2017 running of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Age, experience, marriage and fatherhood all have made the younger Busch brother a little more balanced. But none of that was enough to keep him from throwing frustrated punches on Pit Road as Martin Truex, Jr. was celebrating his win of all three stages with donuts at the start/finish line.
No Logano Fan Here
I’ll be the first to admit I am no Joey Logano fan. He’s my least favorite driver in the Cup garage. He’s talented and performs well consistently. But I don’t think outside of his teammates and alliances is he popular in the garage, nor in our household, and I don’t think our household is alone. In driver introductions, his boos have overtaken the volume of boos that came from Kyle Busch. Logano races people hard, and overall has no problem with people racing him the same way. It’s no reflection on his talent, but rather his personality that I do not like.
Logano has not made a lot of friends in recent years. Matt Kenseth is the obvious, but others include Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick. Logano seems to be the complaint of many Cup drivers saying he is too aggressive too early. That’s not what happened today.
Today in the final lap of the Spring Las Vegas Motor Speedway race, Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski faded back from leading the race with a mechanical issue, blocking the high line for advancing drivers Logano and Busch. Busch, who had been running the high line had to come down on Logano to continue to advance. Logano actually accommodated the move, but at least some contact happened between the No. 18 and 22 cars.
After passing Keselowski, Busch ascended back up the track. Logano followed, partially as a form of retaliation, and partially from becoming loose. Was it aggressive? Absolutely? Was it necessary? Probably not.
But unlike earlier incidents involving Logano, this one was not one where Logano was being aggressive too soon. The white flag had flown. Busch initiated contact in his attempt to get around Keselowski. Logano, like Busch and every one else around them was trying to get the best final place they could. In hindsight, should Logano have come up into Busch? Probably not, but Busch wasn’t some innocent bystander.
In the heat of the the moment, both Logano and Busch were aggressive. Were they to have it do do over again, they might have made different decisions. After sliding down pit road, Kyle Busch had plenty of time to collect himself. He had every right to seek out Logano, but throwing a punch before trying to say anything was uncalled for. It was great entertainment and made for good television, but Busch was in the wrong.
Different Day, Same Result?
Logano is still often too aggressive, and is doing nothing to make new friends on the track, or win over any of us that aren’t fans, but this one isn’t on him. Busch takes the blame for initiating and finishing the interaction. Obviously, this is only my opinion. Chime in and comment below on what you thought about the incident, the race and post-race.