Unfortunately, for Martin Truex Jr. no one is going to know he won Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A post race fight in pit road between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano will steal the headlines instead.
On the final lap, Brad Keselowski had an issue and was slow on the track. At that point, Logano, Busch, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson all caught him. It just happened to be on the same part of the track with five drivers going for the same amount of real estate on the 1.5-mile track.
Busch and into the left side of Logano entering Turn 3 and you can tell it upset Logano. The Team Penske driver drove his No. 22 Ford in very deep knowing that Busch would be up high to catch him if he got squirly. That’s exactly what happened.
Logano, then got into the side of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota which sent his car spinning towards the inside pit wall. Logano would finish in the top five, Busch outside the top 20 because of the contact.
We should have all know what would happen next.
Logano and the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have had plenty of run-ins since he wasn’t brought back to the team a few years ago. First it was him and Denny Hamlin in Bristol. Then, it was him and Matt Kenseth at Martinsville two years ago. Now, it’s him and Busch.
No matter who’s fault it was, in my opinion it was both of theirs, it was Busch’s home track and he was in the hunt for his first top five of the season heading into the final corner. Instead, Logano happened to be in his way of doing so.
Busch, then waiting for Logano to get out of his car, stormed down pit road with one goal in mind – to punch Logano. When he got to where his car was sitting, Busch spoke zero words and layed a right hook to Logano’s face. With Logano’s crew members all around, a melee ensued.
Luckily, NASCAR officials were there to break up the commotion on the ground, as a Logano crew member took Busch to the ground, and broke the fracas up.
Nevertheless, a new rivalry has been born.
Oh by the way, Martinsville is three weeks away.