A skirmish between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano left Busch with a cut on his forehead following Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch and Logano made contact racing to the finish of the Kobalt 400, resulting in Busch spinning off Turn 4 and down pit road. Unhappy with what transpired, Busch waited for Logano to circle around and park on pit road where he then sought him out and threw a punch at Logano before being wrestled down by crew members for Logano’s No. 22 team. It was inclusive whether Busch connected with the punch.
NASCAR officials quickly intervened to break the fracas up, with one official forcefully lifting Busch up and removing him from the scene. Reporter Jeff Gluck of JeffGluck.com captured up-close video of the entire scuffle.
“I got dumped,” Busch said. “Flat-out wrecked me. That’s how Joey races. He’s going to get it.”
Logano, who finished fourth, defended his actions as hard racing and said he didn’t intend to crash Busch, who finished 22nd.
“I was racing hard at the end,” Logano said. “Kyle and I usually race well together, we usually don’t have any issues. He tried to pin me down in the corner underneath Brad. I about crashed on entry and I was trying to gather it up by the center and I was going to spin out.”
Although Logano has been involved in post-race confrontations with several drivers through the years, he and Busch have never had a run-in and were on friendly terms before Sunday. Logano has previously been involved in high-profile incidents with Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth, teammates of Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I’ve never had an issue with Kyle,” Logano said. “Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We’ve never had an issue, but I guess that’s over.”
NASCAR will review the fight. If it determines those involved deserve punishment, any penalties would be announced on either Tuesday or Wednesday.