Welcome to FTW’s NASCAR Feud of the Week, where we provide a detailed breakdown of the latest absurd, funny and sometimes legitimate controversies and issues within the racing world.
After a wild summer race at Daytona International Speedway, there are likely a few drivers not terribly pleased with each other.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., in particular, had a crazy Coke Zero Sugar 400. He caused multiple wrecks, spun out, hit the wall and still managed to finish, unlike 22 of the 40 cars in the field. He also infuriated both Busch brothers, which is not hard to do but also kind of funny at the same time.
So let’s get right into it.
Barely more than 50 laps into the race Saturday, Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford made contact with Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Ford, igniting the first big one. Twenty-six cars were involved, and seven of them couldn’t finish the race after that, including Kurt Busch.
Overheard on the radio, Busch unloaded his frustration with Stenhouse, who was able to continue racing.
“We’re all done. These (expletive) animals!”
Does Stenhouse – who’s currently 16th in the driver standings, just inside the playoff cut if it started today – think he did anything wrong? Via NASCAR.com:
“No, it’s aggressive speedway racing,” Stenhouse said. “We needed to win to get in the Playoffs, so it is what it is.”
Totally unsurprisingly, Kurt Busch – who’s winless this season but seventh in the driver standings – had some thoughts on that too.
It didn’t take long after that for the No. 17 Ford driver to tick off the younger Busch brother.
Eleven laps after the caution flag came out for the first massive wreck, Stenhouse got into the back of Kyle Busch, triggering another multi-car accident that then collected the No. 18 Toyota too.
And Kyle Busch also called out Stenhouse on the radio, saying:
“He’s such a (expletive) dip-(expletive)! What a (expletive) waste of (expletive) space!”
And then he told NBC after he got out of the car and was evaluated:
“Disappointing to get crashed out by the same guy that caused the first crash.”
Daytona – along with Talladega Superspeedway – guarantees a crazy race, so these things are bound to happen.
But while the Busch brothers might not look for revenge against Stenhouse because of that, they also probably aren’t going out of their way to say hi to him either anytime soon.