Saturday nights race under the lights in Bristol was highlighted by some hot tempers as well as some good racing. For Kyle Busch it was just another race is a recent string that he would like to forget about. Busch was involved in an early wreck which coupled with a pit road violation would take him out of race contention. The evening became even more eventful for Busch when he shared a heated exchange with Crew Chief Dave Rogers during the closing laps over the radio.
During the final laps of the race Busch was talking to his team about the No. 18 machine.
I need a whole new right front suspension, a whole new right front suspension. I will be behind the wall in about two (expletive) laps.
To the surprise of many Rogers responded to this by telling Busch to “Park it behind the truck and take your whiny little ass to the bus.’’
Following the race Saturday night Rogers talked to the media and gave his take on the exchange.
Just a frustrating race. Tempers flare at Bristol. The bottom line is we’ve had really fast racecars the last four or five races and we’ve just come up short. The whole team is all frustrated.
Kyle was trying to communicate to me what was wrong with the car. I couldn’t hear. It just led to more frustration. We came back here to the truck and had a great talk. You look at things like this as a negative and negatives create positives if you look at them the right way. We got to air things out and had a great talk. I think we’re going to be better going forward.
Moving forward Busch and Rogers need to find a way to get back on track and they need to do so quickly since the chase is only a couple of weeks away. Busch has finished 42nd, 40th and 39th in the last three races; a streak like this in the chase would surely knock him out of NASCAR’s playoff. Busch and Rogers also need to make sure they they have truly cleared the air. If these two men are not on the same page they are going to struggle to find consistency in the chase.