This past weekend simply was not a great one for Kyle Busch. Despite his glowing track record at Bristol Motor Speedway, he ended up placing 20th at Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, while his older brother Kurt stole the spotlight, snapping a 58-race winless streak.
As Kurt Busch was busy basking in the glow of his victory, Rowdy had to deal with a rowdy heckler post-race, who seemed pretty intent on fighting the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
As video of the incident posted by a Reddit user shows, Busch leaves his golf cart following a autograph signing at Bristol to confront a fan who had been heckling him. Words and a few shoves were exchanged, but no punches were thrown.
The confrontation probably had something to do with Busch’s performance in the race. On his second lap, Busch caused a 15-car wreck, which was later followed up by Busch making contact with Martin Truex Jr., effectively knocking him out of the race.
“I didn’t think I was next to him yet, and I clipped him and sent him for a whale of a ride,” Busch told the Associated Press about his collision with Truex. “Hopefully, he’s all right and everything is OK there. I hated that I clipped him, I know he could have had a good shot to win the race, too.”
Judging from Truex’s immediate reaction to getting knocked out of the race, it’s a surprise he wasn’t the one who tried to fight Busch.
With both Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch locked in for playoff contention, this clearly wasn’t a make-or-break race for two-thirds of the Big 3. That being said, the outcome certainly didn’t do them any favors either.