Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson yelled at Kurt Busch on pit road following Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono, expressing his displeasure over contact between the two drivers as they raced hard late in the 500-mile event.
Johnson and Busch pointed and gestured at one another while making their opinions known, but there was no physical contact between the two.
"I'm not going to run people over to pass them," Johnson said. "That's just not me. I worked on him for however many laps trying to get by him clean – fair and square – and then as I got up next to him, we had an issue off of (Turn 2). I'll just keep filing things away and remember this stuff."
Busch argued that Johnson took a "jab" at him first, and said he simply returned the favor.
"I was racing him, flat-out," Busch said. "You want to race? Let's race. I didn't know we were supposed to pull over when it came to five (laps) to go. I raced him hard, raced him smart, raced him clean and he wants to come over here and bitch about it."
Johnson said he had the opportunity to run Busch over or make contact with him for the 10 previous laps, and "never did it." He was upset Busch didn't treat him the same way.
Busch, obviously, disagreed.
"It's as clean as I've ever seen it," Busch said. "Why can't we race like this and put on a show for the fans and not have a problem with it? I don't know."
Busch took exception to reporters' questions about the incident after the race, calling one "People magazine" for asking about Johnson.
"We were racing hard," he said. "I think that's what we saw on TV and exactly that's what should be reported. There are a lot of times when the 22 is on the short end of the stick of the 48. And I raced him hard today. I'm glad I did. I have no regrets in it."
When another reporter asked Busch's brother, Kyle, about drivers showing less give-and-take on the track, Kurt interrupted angrily.
"You wonder why we don't (race hard) – because we have to come in here and answer...questions like this," he said. "Just accept it: It was great racing."