NASCAR's Kyle Busch Apologizes After Using R-Word During Post-Race Interview

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVNovember 1, 2021

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 31: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Halloween Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 31, 2021 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
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NASCAR driver Kyle Busch apologized for using a slur when speaking to reporters after Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

"He drills my ass coming out of [Turn] 4 for no reason," Busch said when discussing Brad Keselowski. "I mean, where was he going? What was he gonna do, spin me out? He was trying to do a Harvick is what he was trying to do. For what? For second place? To do what, he wasn't going to transfer through with that. It's freaking r----ded, man. It's so stupid."

Busch also said he should "beat the s--t out of" Keselowski.

He tweeted an apology for using the R-word after the interview:

Kyle Busch @KyleBusch

In one of my post-race interviews I used a word I should never use and I want to apologize for it.

A similar situation happened in January when NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan apologized for using the same word during a virtual race that aired on Twitch.

NASCAR announced Deegan would undergo sensitivity training as a result.

As for Sunday's race, Zack Albert of NASCAR.com noted Busch finished in second place behind Alex Bowman and fell three points short of advancing from the Round of 8. Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano were among the other notable names who were eliminated.

Busch's frustration with Keselowski stemmed from a tense final lap that included contact.