By admin | November 22, 2010
By Richard Allen
Is it possible that in trying to win the 2010 Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at the Miami-Homestead Speedway Kevin Harvick may have done something that will cost him in the future? On lap 244, Harvick bumped the rear of Kyle Busch’s Toyota just after being passed and sent the #18 sliding into the inside retaining wall. The resulting damage created a large fire on Busch’s car.
Just how far in the future will it be before Harvick reaps the rewards of what he sowed in Miami, or will he at all? And before coming to Harvick’s defense in this particular episode, be aware that the offending driver claimed responsibility for the incident.
“Kyle raced me like a clown all day and cut me off and ran up in front of me,” Harvick declared. “The last time I just didn’t lift.”
Busch has never been one to hold back on his feelings or his actions. For example, look back at the Nationwide Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in August. After a bump from Bard Keselowski that moved him out of the racing groove, Busch retaliated with another bump that sent Keselowski spinning.
In the case of the Harvick incident on Sunday, Busch will have an entire off season to forget about it, or stew on it.
“I don’t know,” Busch said. “Harvick pulled a slide job on me earlier in the day and I crossed over and passed him clean, but apparently it wasn’t in the time of day in order to do that. I don’t know.
“My guys work way too hard to be in this position and fight hard all day long to be put with a wrecked race car at the end of the year,” he went on. “We wanted to come out here and finish strong. We felt like we had a top-four or top-five car. It just means so much to me - to those guys - that we come out of here with a good run like we were having. It’s very unfortunate. It’s just a guy that doesn’t have his head on straight apparently today. I thought everything was good. I talked to him in the pre-race in the driver’s meeting and all of that, but he’s such a two-faced guy it just doesn’t matter.”
Sounds like these boys ‘had at it’. The question is, will they ‘have at it’ some more once the 2011 season gets started? But one thing to keep in mind is that both of these guys own teams that compete in other series’ so too much ‘having at it’ could get really expensive really fast.
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