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Keselowski payback wouldn't surprise Busch

October 12, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com

Kansas contact still on the minds of both drivers

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CONCORD, N.C. -- After knocking Brad Keselowski’s Ford into the fence in last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch said he wouldn’t be shocked if Keselowski retaliates in an upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

“Probably, for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried, because he’s stupid enough to do something,” Busch told Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone Friday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

Busch can’t forget the race at Watkins Glen in August 2012. With Busch in the lead, contact from Keselowski’s Ford sent Busch’s No. 18 Toyota spinning with two laps left. Subsequently, Busch narrowly missed qualifying for the Chase.

"In all reality, to myself, I guess I have more respect for drivers than that," Busch said. "I got wrecked last year at Watkins Glen. He could have given me an inch, and we could have made it through that corner and not been spun out at Watkins Glen.

"And, yeah, I probably could have gave Brad an inch at Kansas, but when you're raced as hard as you are, and you get side-drafted and doored down the front straightaway, all those things go out the window, and you start losing respect for that person, and the next time you get to them, you just don’t care. That's essentially what happened.

Busch has no regrets, but he indicated that payback from Keselowski might escalate the rivalry.

"I had an opportunity (at Kansas)," he said. "I could have lifted when I got tight. I just drove through the 'tight.' But, all in all, if he pays it back, he pays it back. That'll just bring on a heck of a lot more fireworks."

During a prerace event on Saturday, sponsored by the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Keselowski was told by the event emcee that fans didn’t come to watch the guys run in circles.

“What do they come for then? To see Kyle Busch wreck?” Keselowski said.

When asked whether there would be any beating and banging on Saturday night, Keselowski replied, “I hope so.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who walked on stage after Keselowski, said, “Hopefully I’ve got a good shot of that. Sounds like it will be fun to watch.”

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