Ask any NASCAR fan and they'll tell you that Bristol consistently produces great action—not just on the track, but off it as well.
That fact was demonstrated on Wednesday night when a series of incidents between Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler during the Truck Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway led to verbal punches after the race. Even race winner Kevin Harvick got into the action.
Earlier in the race Busch and Sadler had rubbed fenders, which is standard Bristol fare. However on Lap 99, Busch slipped up the track in front of Sadler, who inadvertently turned Busch into the outside wall. Two laps later Busch retaliated by intentionally spinning out Sadler. Only after getting his revenge did Busch head to the pits for repairs.
After the race, Busch was furious with Sadler and blamed the Kevin Harvick Incorporated team for the incident, saying, "Just look at where his (Sadler) paycheck comes from."
Busch continued, "I pulled a slide job on him earlier tonight and he hit me three times. I tried to slide by him again and get to the top and he dumped me anyway and wrecked us."
Harvick pointed out that Sadler wasn't actually in a KHI truck at Bristol and mocked Busch for his ignorance.
"That just shows how smart Kyle Busch is," Harvick said. "Elliott wasn't even driving for us tonight. We can get as dirty as Kyle Busch wants. If he doesn't want to race like that, he can go somewhere else. He's just a big crybaby and you can't fix that."
Busch had won five consecutive races at Bristol, spanning all three national series dating back to August 2010. The incident ruined his chances of a sixth straight victory, and Busch eventually finished 30th. Sadler recovered to finish ninth after starting on the pole and leading laps early in the race.
For his part, Sadler claimed to have done nothing wrong, saying he didn't have time to react when Busch moved up the track and into his path.
"He came up the track and I was already there," Sadler said. "It was more between he and his spotter. He just wrecked himself tonight."