Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had no apology for Kyle Busch about the accidents caused at Daytona last week, but he did warn the Cup points leader to stop “running his mouth.”
Stenhouse had taken the blame during and after the July 7th race for the accident where he slid into Busch, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver didn’t reach out to Busch during the week before their arrival at Kentucky Speedway.
Kyle Busch was disappointed that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't reach out to him after their issue in Daytona.
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“You wipe out half the field and I’m pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him, but there wasn’t, so apparently he just doesn’t care,” Busch said Friday afternoon during his media availability at Kentucky Speedway.
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Busch indicated he wouldn’t race Stenhouse much differently.
“I can’t worry about people that far back in the field,” said Busch, who leads the Cup standings.
Stenhouse, who at 16th in the standings, went over to talk to Busch between rounds of qualifying Friday night. Busch still had another round to run and was sitting in his car.
In a television interview afterward, Stenhouse said he told Busch he shouldn’t run his mouth.
“I was like, ‘Hey, you’re right, you do run a lot further up front but pick and choose your battles wisely because you will have to deal with me sometime whether you are lapping me or we get our cars better and we are up there racing with you,'” Stenhouse said.
Stenhouse said he didn’t reach out to the Joe Gibbs Racing driver because Busch blasted him on his in-car following the accident and then made additional critical comments to the media. In the moments following the accident, Busch told his team on the in-car radio: “He’s such an [expletive] dip [expletive]. What a [expletive] waste of [expletive] space.”
“I felt like he ran his mouth enough on his radio and then after the race, that I didn’t really have anything to say to him,” Stenhouse said. “I honestly feel like I normally do reach out to people when I make mistakes and I clearly made a mistake. But with him running his mouth, I just felt like I didn’t really need to call him.”