Busch called Newman “the biggest stupid idiot out here” and “a big ogre” Sunday, adding “(There’s) no sense in getting in a fight with him, but I’m glad he's out of a job." He explained today that he was upset with what he considered to be rough tactics by Newman directed at him in the race.
"I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time in an interview following the race in Loudon,” write Busch. “The first was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked.
“First I answered the Kurt part. He was fast... Great to see them running well... Was a shame to see him crashed... Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn't see it and I still haven't seen it.
“My second answer came from being upset over an incident I had with (Ryan Newman) on the track during the race. I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer.
“I was upset because I felt (Newman) raced me poorly, making contact and causing damage to my RF fender that affected the handling on my racecar. This isn't the first time that I've been raced poorly by (him) either, which added to my frustration. All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt. I'm not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone's livelihood went too far."