SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 08: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Toyota, looks on before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2017 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR analyst says Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler have no reason to complain about how they were raced


During last weekend's championship races at Homestead in the Xfinity and Cup Series, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch came in second in their quests for titles.

Sadler criticized Ryan Preece for being in the way, and he argued he would've won the championship instead William Byron had Preece not gotten in his way.

A similar instance occurred in the Cup Series championship with Busch and Joey Logano. Busch claimed Logano was blocking him and getting in the way of Busch trying to catch Martin Truex Jr.

"Battling with the '22' (Logano) there," Busch said. "Wasting too much time with him. He held me up. I was trying to get by him and just overworked everything. He was there blocking every chance he got, so I've got a real buddy there, but that's racing. That's what happens."


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Motor Racing Network analyst Pete Pistone said while he understands why Sadler and Busch were frustrated, he doesn't think Preece or Logano were in the wrong for racing hard at Homestead.

"The unique concept of NASCAR's championship is the drivers who compete for the title must do so within the parameters of a 400-mile race," Pistone said. "That equates to navigating their way through the challenges that come with racing at the sport's highest level. It also means that the other drivers who no longer harbor championship aspirations have every right to every spot on track.

"The championship drivers do deserve respect and nobody wants to be the fly in the ointment. But expecting others to simply pull over or aside, especially such as the cases of both Preece and Logano when a top finish was possible, is unacceptable."


Pistone makes a valid argument considering there are more than just four drivers on the track for a championship race. If the rest of the field is supposed to sit back and let the Championship 4 stay in the front, why even let anyone else participate?

Obviously, drivers who aren't in the championship shouldn't try and wreck the drivers competing for the title, but there's nothing wrong with racing hard, and Logano and Preece did nothing wrong at Homestead.