Matt Kenseth crossed the finish line but not without a controversial wreck that involved Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth crossing the finish line ahead of Paul Menard, who drove around Regan Smith on the last lap to take second, finishing fourth Busch and Justin Allgaier took fifth. The outcome though, brings the renewed long-standing feud between Keselowski and Busch that has threatened to move over into Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
Their teams are locked in a battle for the owner’s championship, as the two cars were side by side in the last laps when Busch got into Keselowski’s left rear. That move sent the No. 22 car backing into the outside wall and knocked Keselowski out of the race. As Keselowski highly unhappy, jumped out of his car and instead of going with the ambulance, ran to the grass towards pit road. He gestured towards Busch’s crew before he ran to the infield care center. ”I got wrecked by a dirty driver. There’s no other way of putting it,” Keselowski said. ”I’ve raced him really cool over the last year to be respectful to him and trying to repair our relationship. I’ve watched him wreck my truck and cost me from winning races. He put me in the fence in Chicago in the truck race. Nationwide races, he’s been pulling this crap ”It’s not going to last,” Keselowski said, ”I can tell you that.”
Busch said that he wasn’t trying to wreck Keselowski, and that he simply got tight coming out of the final corner. That forced the front of his car to drift toward the wall. ”It was hard racing. There were a lot of moments where I may be felt a little crowded,” said Busch ”The contact that ultimately ended it, I just got real tight.”
The wreck tightened the ownership race and Keselowski’s Penske Racing team, which carried a 28-point lead over Busch’s No. 54 car for Joe Gibbs Racing into the weekend, now leads by just five points heading to next weekend’s race at Charlotte.Busch is third in the standings and just 12 points behind Kenseth, while Keselowski – the defending series champion – failed to qualify for NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. ”He has a lot more to lose than I do,” said Keselowski, indicating that he would strike back on Sunday. ”I guess that’s the good thing about not being in the Chase.” Busch said he’s prepared for Keselowski if he comes after him. ”If he wants to take it to the other side of the garage area, whatever,” Busch said, ”but I have more class than that.”