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- Updated: July 2, 2016
By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor
Though Brad Keselowski largely credited his teammate Joey Logano for winning Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, not everyone was so happy with the driver of the No. 22 car.
As the leaders came out of turn four on the final lap, Keselowski was leading Kurt Busch and Logano. Logano appeared to bump into the back of Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet, causing Busch’s car moved up the track and come back down across the nose of Logano’s car. As a result of the contact, Busch slid off the racing surface and into the infield grass.
Instead of finishing second as it appeared he was poised to do, Busch fell back to 23rd while Logano finished fourth.
“Joey just drove straight through us,” said Busch post-race. “I don’t know if he was gonna go from fifth to first or if he was trying to protect his teammate. I probably just gave him words right there. That way he can back out of what he did. He just flat out lifted our rear tires off the ground. That was the closest I had been to winning one of these plate races for points.
“…You’ve gotta concede the fact that you’re not gonna have a chance to win,” continued Busch. “So the best thing he (Logano) could have done was to push us to see if he could get ahead of the 18. It’s the way it works out. … We might have been able to be the points leader tonight if we could have finished, but we’re just having a great year, and this isn’t gonna deter anything.”
Logano, for his part, was apologetic and claimed the contact was unintentional.
“It was hard fought for sure,” said the driver of the No. 22. “Anytime you have an opportunity to win and you are in the top four or five or six on the last restart you know you have a shot at it. I was able to get Brad a good push to clear and get a Penske car to victory lane which is really cool. Todd Gordon made a great call to put four tires on which allowed us to be aggressive at the end.
“I hate that I got into Kurt (Busch) there at the end racing to the line. I had a run to turn up underneath him and when you do that the cars get free and then I was there and he tried to catch it and I was there again. It is a product of this racing but I hate that it happened. The last thing I want to do is hit someone like that. Unfortunately, it happened. Overall a solid day for us. The 2 was the fastest car and he deserved to win the race. We need to find a little more speed in our race car.”
Busch’s crew chief Tony Gibson expressed his frustration on Twitter.
Stupid is as stupid does!!! #22
— Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) July 3, 2016
Though Busch very well could have been the points leader tonight, he fell to third in points and is now 20 points behind points leader and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick. However, the loss in points likely won’t dramatically impact his season, as Busch’s win at Pocono earlier this year gives him a virtual lock in the Chase in September.
Logano also has one win this season which came at Michigan International Speedway a few weeks ago.
There are nine events left in the regular season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. The next race will be Saturday, July 9th at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30PM ET.