Kyle Busch called out NASCAR drivers not winning late model races before heading to the big leagues; Lap cars go on defense
Joey Gase posts of photo of his late model featuring winner stickers galore
Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the opening round of the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs. Kyle Busch came into the event as a favorite at the title.
You may have heard, Kyle Busch had some trouble navigating lap traffic on Sunday. Contact with 15 laps to go, put heavy damage onto the front splitter of Kyle Busch’s machine.
The contact was with the No. 52 of Garrett Smithley who was full seconds off the pace of the leaders in his underfunded equipment. Busch was informed the lap car would go high. He didn’t and Busch ran square into his rear bumper.
Busch tagged the wall early which put him 2 laps down. With 15 to go, he was inside the top 10. The damage forced Busch to a 19th place finish.
After the race, Kyle Busch called out the No. 52 directly. However, he also called out the lap cars as a collective group.
“We’re in the top echelon of motorsports and we got guys that never won late model races running out here on the race track,” Busch told NBC Sports after the race.
While Busch didn’t call out Joey Gase directly, he did speak in a general sense of all cars that were in his way.
“Any day if he wants to switch cars, I’d be happy to,” Joey Gase told Zack Albert after the race.
Kyle Busch saw that above comment and responded via twitter, “Top tier drivers get hired by top tier teams. Try winning… a lot… and u have a better shot of getting hired.”
Joey Gase responds to Kyle Busch
“Well someone implied (Sunday) night that I have never won a late model race before. As you can see in the pics below I have won a few in my day and just wanted to share my story a little bit and thank the people who have helped me get to where I am today,” the statement opened from Joey Gase.
“My dad raced before I did at the local short track level and that’s how I fell in love with racing. When I was 4 years old my dad got me my first yard kart and would turn hundreds of laps on the driveway everyday. I turned 14, my dad retired from racing and I started to race his old open wheel modified and won that year up in Oktoberfest in Lacrosse, WI which anyone in the Midwest knows how big of a weekend that is.”
“When I was 16 I was the youngest ever to win the track championship in the Late Model division at Hawkeye Downs Speedway racing against some of the best in the Midwest like Johnny Spaw, Tim Plummer, Griffen McGrath, Doughly Fleck, Brad Osborn and the list goes on and this is when my career took off.”
“This was only made possible because a family friend believed in me and bought my first two late models and the motors to go with it. Our crew consisted of my dad, my uncle, grandpa, and I. My parents were not rich, my dad worked in a coal power plant for 20 plus years and my mom was a hair stylist. It took the effort of my whole family and a lot of people who believed in me to get to where I am today and I can’t thank them enough.”
“We have accomplished a lot of cool things over the years, my top memories being winning my first race back after my mom’s passing, finishing fifth with Jimmy Means Racing at Talladega after almost missing the race and making my first start in the Daytona 500 and being the highest finishing rookie (23rd).”
“I have to give HUGE thanks to Jimmy Means for giving me a big chance and making it possible for myself to get established in NASCAR with nearly no funding when we first started and Carl Long for picking me back up after my big sponsor from last year did not stand by their commitments and letting me know in the middle of December.”
“We have to work for every sponsor we get and I am proud to say I have 30 different sponsors this year and would not be here without them. Also have to thank all of my fans for always standing by me,” Gase concluded.