In a wreck-filled race at the Richmond short track on Saturday night, the biggest drama of the night came from Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. The two drivers have a history of on-track altercations.
On Lap 186, Busch wrecked Johnson while the two were racing for fourth place. Busch spun out Johnson in Turn 2 by turning his car into the outside wall. The hit caused significant damage to the rear end of Johnson's patriotic flag-themed No. 48.
Johnson retaliated about 50 laps later by spinning out Busch. "You could just see the payback coming from the five-time chump," said Busch.
It was a rather disappointing takeout attempt by Johnson, who drove deep into the corner to get to Busch's bumper. Busch didn't hit anything, but Johnson spun himself out as well and hit the outside wall yet again.
Adding insult to injury, NASCAR parked Johnson for several laps as punishment for his retaliation attempt against Busch.
All in all, it was a lame takeout attempt by Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson took himself out and smacked the wall for the second time on the night, while barely causing Busch to spin out, much less suffer any damage. Busch would recover to finish fifth, while Johnson ended the race 38 laps down in 31st position.
After the race, Busch was involved in two violent confrontations with reporters. In one instance he yelled expletives and went after a reporter as if he wanted to fight, and members of Busch's Penske Racing team needed to physically restrain Busch. In another instance Busch tore up a transcript that a reporter was using to ask Busch a question about whether he had said he was "in Johnson's head."