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Busch says spat with Sadler is smoothed over

August 26, 2011, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch said all is good between himself and Elliott Sadler following their accident in Wednesday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. But the same can't be said for Busch and Kevin Harvick, who owns Sadler's Nationwide Series car.

Busch and Sadler were running among the leaders midway through Wednesday night's event when Sadler pinched Busch into the wall as the No. 18 truck tried to move into the high lane. Busch suffered damage to his vehicle's right-front, and then spun Sadler after his adversary came back around.

Two sides


Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch got together and then Busch got his revenge in a wild night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Afterward, Busch claimed that Sadler wrecked him intentionally because of his relationship with Harvick, with whom Busch has a heated on-track rivalry. "Where's his paycheck come from?" Busch asked rhetorically. Sadler responded that Busch had wrecked himself, and wished Busch had watched a replay of the incident before retaliating. Both drivers are also entered in Friday night's Nationwide Series event at Bristol.

By Friday morning, it seemed tensions had cooled. "I did not watch any film. Just talked to Elliott. It's all good," Busch said. "It's over, it's done with, it's in the past. We agreed on some things, so it was a delightful conversation."

Clearly, there have been no such conversations with Harvick, Busch's longtime rival, who went on to win the race. Although Sadler's Truck on Wednesday night was owned by Joe Denette Motorsports, his Nationwide car is fielded by Harvick.

"First off, I do not have any reason to talk to Kyle. I was not even involved in any portion of the incident," Harvick said. "Second off, hopefully he went back and watched the race. The first thing that happened was he shoved [Sadler] up the race track and he got mad because Elliott ran in the back of him, and then he drove over the front of him and wrecked himself. It is just old Kyle, I guess, showed up last week and really laid into the fact that he was kind of pouting because he was getting his butt whipped. Keeps running his mouth, he might get it whipped off the track."