"If you don't like that kind of racing, don't even watch."
This is what Kyle Busch said only a couple weeks ago following a controversial last-lap finish at Chicagoland where he snatched victory from Kyle Larson after using a bump-and-run.
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past Sunday, Rowdy found himself on the receiving end of that same technique courtesy of Kevin Harvick. And, while Harvick was off celebrating with his team following the win, Busch was quick to admit that, considering his own style of racing, there were no hard feelings between him and Harvick.
"You know, it's racing," Busch said, according to Yahoo! Sports. "We had a really, really poor performance. All those SHR cars were really, really good. They were all fast, so it was going to be hard to hold them off and I was just kind of backing up three, four, five corners in a row. With a faster car, I'm not sure he had to do it [make contact], but he did. It's fine. How you race is how you get raced."
"He did that because of Chicago. He had a fair game. Everybody has a fair game on Kyle Busch - that's for sure when it comes to the fan base so that's fine. That's how they want to race, that's how I'll race back, but it was just a bump. It wasn't a big deal."
"He didn't wreck me or anything like that, so he did it early enough, but he did it way harder [than needed] and pushed me out of the groove. It just takes you so long to recover here that it was just no possible way I could get back to him and I was slower anyway. I was in the way, so no harm, no foul."
Harvick himself echoed Busch's sentiments, also bringing up Chicago.
"I just didn't know if I was going to get there at the end and I felt like that was my best opportunity to win," he said. "I didn't want to wreck him, but I didn't want to waste a bunch of time behind him. It's not like I wrecked him."
"It's the same thing as Chicago."