Saturday, August 27, 2011
NASCAR Notebook: Harvick warns Kyle Busch
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kevin Harvick issued a warning Friday to Kyle Busch as their feud continues to boil.
Harvick's warning came in response to comments Busch made during Wednesday night's truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch went to pass Elliott Sadler but wasn't clear, and the trucks made contact, sending Busch into the wall. Busch slowly drove around the track until Sadler came by, and then he wrecked Sadler.
Afterward, Busch was asked if he thought Sadler wrecked him intentionally. Busch said on Speed Channel's broadcast: "I'm sure he did. Where does his paycheck come from?"
Sadler drives in the Nationwide series for Kevin Harvick's team and has run select truck races for Harvick's team. Sadler, though, was driving for another team in Wednesday's truck race.
Harvick was asked Friday about Busch's comments, and that's when he issued his warning.
"You would hope he went back and watched the race," Harvick said. "The first thing that happened, [Busch] shoved [Sadler] up the racetrack. [Busch] got mad because Elliott ran into the back of him and then [Busch] drove over the front of him and wrecked himself. Old Kyle, I guess, showed up. He was kind of pouting because he was getting his butt whipped.
"If he keeps running his mouth, he might get it whipped off the track."
Harvick's comment was in reference to when car owner Richard Childress accosted Busch after a truck race in June. NASCAR fined Childress $150,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31 for the incident.
Busch did say that he talked with Sadler about the incident and they had a "delightful conversation."
Ryan Newman won the pole for tonight's Cup race at Bristol with a lap of 122.811 mph. Newman's teammate Tony Stewart was the slowest of the qualifiers.
Carl Edwards will start second after a lap of 122.670 mph. He was followed by Matt Kenseth (122.662 mph), Jeff Gordon (122.576) and Mark Martin (122.544).
Any driver who ends tonight's Cup race 97 points ahead of 11th place in the season standings clinches a spot in the Chase. Kyle Busch became the first driver to clinch a Chase spot with his win at Michigan last weekend.
Drivers with a chance to clinch a Chase spot tonight are Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.
Cory Howe, the car chief for T.J. Bell's Nationwide team, was taken to a local hospital after being injured while working underneath the car. He returned to the track later in the day. â€¦ Martinsville Speedway will host a Cup test the day after its Oct. 30 race so teams can test fuel injection as the series prepares to move to fuel injection next year.
Nationwide race | Busch wins Bristol for 50th Nationwide victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to become the series' all-time wins leader.
Busch had to hold off a strong challenge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano to earn his 50th victory in Â-NASCAR's second-tier division.
-- Associated Press