Newman fires back; Busch softens stance
July 16, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Kyle Busch says it was frustration over being “raced poorly” by Ryan Newman that led to his comments regarding Newman’s employment situation following Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
In a Tuesday evening post via social media website Twitter, Busch said that although his frustration got the best of him, he isn’t “sorry for how I feel in those moments, but (I) could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone’s livelihood went too far.”
"He’s a heck of a talent, but he’s not very bright and I’ll leave it at that."
-- Ryan Newman on Kyle Busch
Following his runner-up finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Busch called Newman “the biggest, stupid idiot out here and he’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants ‘cause he can probably kick anybody’s butts. No sense in getting in a fight with him. But glad he’s out of a job.”
“I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time in an interview following the race in Loudon,” Busch posted on Tuesday. “The first was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked.
“First I answered the Kurt part. He was fast... Great to see them running well... Was a shame to see him crashed... Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn't see it and I still haven't seen it.
“My second answer came from being upset over an incident I had with RN on the track during the race. I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer.
“I was upset because I felt RN raced me poorly, making contact and causing damage to my RF fender that affected the handling on my racecar. This isn't the first time that I've been raced poorly by RN either, which added to my frustration. All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt.”
Kyle Busch finished second, behind race winner Brian Vickers.
Kurt Busch led three times for 102 laps before his involvement in the accident on Lap 225. After repairs were made to his car in the garage, the 2004 Cup champion returned to finish 31st.
On Monday, Newman made light of Kyle Busch’s comments during a segment on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“I’m just afraid if I re-arranged his face, I might fix it,” Newman said when asked about Kyle’s comments. “He’s frustrated finishing third, or whatever he was, after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway … imagine how I feel.”
Newman said he thought the accident that knocked him out of the race “was strictly a racing incident."
“I admit to ‘dooring’ Kyle down the straightaway after he blasted me in the corner. … I didn’t crash him; he didn’t crash me. I don’t know what he’s got to be mad about. Evidently he’s got a bone to pick … for some reason.
“(It) seems like after his comments about me not having a ride and all that stuff, seems like he’s got way more to lose than I do. I think he might check his track there before he gets too far ahead of himself.”
Newman didn’t promise retaliation, but left the door open for the possibility.
“I never said that, I just said he’s got to watch his back,” he said. “I mean, if he’s going to run his mouth, he better be able to back up running his mouth.
“I really don’t care about his opinion.”