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Busch justified his tire-smoking burnout through Ryan Newman’s adjoining pit stall late in Saturday night’s race, saying he was trying to beat the pace car off pit road to avoid losing a lap, and did not feel he endangered anyone. In his words, “I didn't think anything of it.''
He also said he did not mean to run into the back of Newman’s US Army Chevrolet on pit road after the race, adding, "Everybody checked-up coming into the garage. I was taking my helmet off.''
He said that while he and Newman have been friends in the past, the relationship has ended as a result of post-Darlington comments in which Newman said Busch’s “chemical imbalance speaks for itself.”
“(Newman) needs to check that Daytona 500 trophy I helped him win years before,” said Busch, while also implying that there was an ulterior motive behind Newman’s remarks. Both drivers are in the final year of their respective contracts – whether written or verbal –placing them in potential competition for jobs next season.
Busch said fans enjoy skirmishes like Saturday night’s, calling it “WWE-type action. I heard them cheer louder (during the dust-up) than when Jimmie Johnson pulled into Victory Lane,” he said. “That's when the crowd reacted the most. So you tell me if they're wanting WWE? This is fun. This is entertainment, right guys? This is why you guys are all here suffocating me at the back of this hauler.''