Was the "Big One" at Loudon Really Kyle Busch's Fault?

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 21, 2009 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)


During a restart on lap 175 in Loudon Sunday afternoon, there was a controversial wreck.

It started when Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun the tires on a re-start and boxed the Field behind him up. Martin Truex Jr. was behind Earnhardt's No. 88 machine, went low and then suddenly changed his mind and went high. Kyle Busch thought Truex, Jr. was going low and staying there...he was wrong. Kyle hit the left rear quarter panel of the machine driven by Truex.

This caused Truex to spin backwards, taking out eight cars and leaving a few more with minor damage.

This past week a lot of people have blamed Kyle Busch for the wreck except for me, a die-hard Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan.

Why didn't I blame him you ask? Simple: It wasn't his fault.

To tell the truth I think most of the blame should be handed to Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Jr.'s way.

I mean, didn't Earnhardt spin the tires? And didn't Truex dive to the bottom only to change his mind without warning?

The answer to both questions is yes.

I'll be the first to say I cannot stand Kyle Busch! He is an irritating, spoiled brat, but for this one thing he was in the right.

When the rain-shortened Lenox Tools 301 was over Kyle Busch actually apologized for hitting Truex and triggering the crash.

He acted mature and never said how " It was Truex's fault " or how " Junior Needs to learn to drive."

But there is still one driver who acted immature over the incident, Martin Truex Jr.

Yes, the one who I believe should take more blame for the wreck.

How did he act immature? Easy, he waited for Busch to come back around on a caution lap acted like he was going to throw his helmet in Busch's windshield.

I understand that Truex was having a good run, but still, he was acting like the "villain" so to speak.