JOLIET, Ill.—After Saturday night's race at Daytona, the big question on everybody's mind was if the crash Tony Stewart caused Kyle Busch to have was bush league.
The answer everyone had was no. Well, almost everyone.
Busch didn't think so and he let everyone know about it Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway when he called Stewart's nudge a "dump."
"I think NASCAR can take a step in looking at it (late wrecks), and if the second-place driver dumps'the leader,' then black flag him," Busch said at Thursday's press conference. "He doesn't get the win. If he is on him from behind and moves him out of the way and there is no wreck, than fine, he can win the race. But, if you are up alongside a guy and you dump him, than I say black flag him and give the win to the third-place guy. (Last week's race) would be considered a dump."
Wow, that was news to everyone in NASCAR, including Stewart, who had a 30-minute phone conversation with Busch two days prior.
Stewart, who already read the transcripts of the Busch interview a couple hours earlier, didn't want to talk about Busch's comments.
Rather, he simply mentioned his successful talk with the former teammate.
"I talked to Kyle on I guess it was Tuesday and had a good conversation with him," the Sprint Cup points leader said. "That is the conversation I am going off of. That is all I am going to talk about Kyle."
And that would be all he would say, despite a question about the black flag issue, where Stewart stayed calm, but let his words do the talking.
"No, I am not biting on your lure and you haven't been around here as long as most of these guys," Stewart told a press member. "They know I am not biting on it so I am damn sure not going to bite on yours. Sorry."
What did Busch think of the conversation between the two? Well, not much.
"I don't know what it means," Busch said of the phone call. "I really don't have feelings. It didn't mean a whole lot. I thank him for I guess checking up on me to make sure I was alive."
Busch doesn't have feelings? That is news to me. It sure sounds like his feelings are hurt because he didn't win Saturday and 95 percent of NASCAR fans love it.
It is pretty sad that he is the only guy who thinks Stewart did something wrong. Kyle's brother Kurt even said that Stewart couldn't help the wreck and that everyone would have done it the same way on both sides.
Another former teammate of Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, shared similar feelings.
"I certainly would not say that he got dumped," Gordon stated. "This is stock car racing. We've got spotters and in stock car racing, if you have a half an inch of your bumper inside their rear bumper, then you expect them to know you are there because we have spotters. There were a lot of aggressive moves that went on there. I give credit to both for putting on one heck of a show until that happened. But I would put more blame on the guy leading, who is blocking, more so than I would the guy from behind."
Kyle Busch blaming himself? No way that happens. He is perfect. It is always someone else's fault. If Kyle had to balme someone this time, it should be his spotter, not Stewart.
Instead, Busch—like a high school prom queen nominee—threw a competitor under the bus. That man though isn't one to throw under the bus. His experience, success, honesty, integrity, and sorrow after the accident has nearly everyone on his side.
In the meantime, it has developed more of a disliking towards Busch.
In the end, it wasn't Stewart who made the Bush-league move, it was Kyle Busch.