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How long will it take for Kyle Busch to retaliate on Harvick?

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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7 Responses to “How long will it take for Kyle Busch to retaliate on Harvick?”

  1. Gene Says:
    November 22nd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I doubt Kyle will intentionally take him out early in the year. After all, Kyle will be trying to win a title.

    But, there will come a time when Kev is in a vulnerable position on the track, and Kyle will make sure Harvick pays the price.

  2. steve Says:
    November 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I personally hope he wrecks the pock face punk every race. pock face harvick ain’t nothing !

  3. Lee Says:
    November 23rd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    harvick warned the weasel BEFORE the race not to mess with him or he’d park him. well guess what, you mess with the bull, you get the horns. and rich did you hear what kevin said???? he raced me ALL day like that. and for the weasel to cry like that after race made my day. i guarantee you that 100% of the crowd and 80% of the garage were cheering when kyle went up in flames. did nascar call him back to the hauler, NO! And as far as Gibbs racing is concerned and any thought of kyle retailiating, bring it on, careful what you wish for ’cause harvick doesnt work and play well with others!

  4. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I find everybody is mad at Gibbs, including me, because I am the Toyotaman Tony, and I root for 00 Reutimann and I find that the Waltrip-Gibbs Rivalry is booming and I feel that wouldn’t it be nice if my Toyota (Waltrip) beat his Toyota (Gibbs) for the Cup Ring for a change?

  5. Jerry Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    It would be great to see Busch send Harvick over on his lid at Daytona. Rusty rolled 11 times. Maybe Harvick could do about 15? It is time for someone to put Harvick in his place. This guy was given Dale’s ride and he can’t do anything with it. Harvick gits the wall at Phoenix and his fans bame it on his team.
    This guy will never be a champion in the Cup Series. Kyle is well on his way. Somebody needs to tell Harvicks wife to take off that firesuit, she just looks stupid with that on. I wonder why they don’t have any children? Delana found someone to give her the good life now didn’t she? The woman can’t even cook for him. She said so herself.

  6. Steve Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I might be in the minority Jerry, but I think Delana is hot, and really couldnt care less that she wears the fire suit. It is probably unnecessary, but maybe she wears it for safety??? I dont know?

    As far as Busch vs Harvick, I hope they build themselves a nice rivalry (how much you wanna bet that Kyle is all tough with Harvick, when 1 or both of them are in their cars, like the Steve Wallace Richmond incident). There is no way that little dweeb stands toe to toe with Harvick…. I wasnt really surprised by the end result, because Busch was racing overly aggressive all day. I cant tell you how many times I saw him take it three wide on the bottom going into the corner, and it seemed like every time he dive bombed into the corner, Harvick was the one getting stuck in the middle. But the real problem is that Kyle just doesnt see things the way the rest of us did. In his mind, Harvick slid up in front of him, and Busch crossed over, and Busch thinks that is what made Harvick mad??? Sorry Kyle, but I would imagine any racer at that level would have an appreciation for your cross over move, well done. He was not angry with that. He was tired of you “racing him like a clown” all day. Forcing him into the middle into the corner, etc… Kyle just doesnt realize that his aggressive style, and abrasive attitude puts him on a short leash with the rest of the field. If Jr, Burton, Martin, Gordon, Stewart, etc dives into the corner and makes it 3 wide, they are going to get a pass, because the rest of the field respects them, but Kyle Busch has no room for error. The rest of the field expects him to do something stupid, and the first straw is also the last straw with Kyle….

  7. Gail Forrester Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Kyle doesn’t have to do a thing - just mess with Kevin’s head a little. Harvick was willing to risk a championship to have his little hissy fit with Kyle, so we know Kevin is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Kyle is 10 years younger, 10 times a better driver, and all he needs do is keep a ledger of paybacks due. When he is cruising to a championship, he can take the list out and have a good laugh.