Kyle Busch had a bad week: first he had to deal with the distraction of Joe Gibbs Racing getting caught cheating (even though it wasn’t his car). And on Saturday night, he lost more than once at Bristol during the NASCAR Nextel Cup race. As the AP reported, he was passed by rival Carl Edwards with a few laps to go to finish second, despite having had the dominating car all race long (in fact he led 415 consecutive laps in the 500 lap race).
Then, to make matters worse, his attempts at revenge blew up in his face - he ran into Edwards on the cool down lap, only to be the one who wound up spun out. You would think that if he ever watched the Laff-A-Lympics, he would have known that kind of chicanery and tomfoolery never worked for The Really Rottens.
Video of the incident after the jump.
Busch was angry that Edwards had bumped him out of the way. After the race, Edwards was defiant, saying that he made the decision to knock Busch out of the way after coming to the realization that Busch would have done the same thing to him. Words were exchanged, drivers visited the NASCAR hauler, and the media started trying to build this up like the next great rivalry (think Dale Earnhardt vs. Jeff Gordon) they desperately need in order to have something fun to write about.
As for the rest of the field: the Bristol cement took its toll on several drivers on the bubble for the Chase for the Cup, especially Budweiser heartthrob Kasey Kahne. He was caught up in a huge wreck before the halfway point and wound up finishing 40th. Most importantly, he fell from 12th to 14th in the point standings, a huge blow with only three races left before the Top 12 drivers make the Chase.