Freddie Kraft says Kyle Busch should have been more worried about the wall he hit three times during the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway
Kyle Busch made contact with the wall early on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. However, the frustrated driver still managed to drive his injured car back into the top 10.
On lap 108, Bubba Wallace had run down Kyle Busch. The drivers were battling for 10th. However, the battle went on for too long and Busch was highly vocal on the radio.
Under the helmet, he blew a head gasket, screaming over the radio as he ran side by side with Wallace.
Busch drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bubba Wallace drives for 23XI Racing, who has partnerships with JGR. They’re essentially teammates.
Busch is also one of 8 drivers in a championship battle. After next week, four of those will be eliminated ahead of the championship battle. After Kansas, Busch sits +1 of the cutline.
These two drivers have a bit of a history. Back in 2013, Bubba Wallace made his NASCAR Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports. He ended the 2014 season with four wins but he was let go at the end of the year.
Freddie Kraft comments
“What else is new? Kyle complaining about something,” Freddie Kraft, spotter for Bubba Wallace stated via the Door Bumper Clear podcast.
“I don’t know. We caught him and were trying to pass him. I guess if he didn’t want to race, he could have moved over and let us go.”
“We raced him hard. I don’t think this is a shock to anybody, Bubba is aggressive.”
“We ran him down for 10th place. I know we got a good run off of four one time and Bubba pulled down on the front stretch, right on his quarter panel to drag him back and get the run into [turn] 1.”
“We raced him hard. There was one time in [turns] 3 and 4, Kyle was on the bottom, we were up top. We came down to try and get a run on the outside of him. I don’t know if we got too close to him there and he got upset.”
“Another one, I assume this is I saw Hirschman laughing, we got a run off of four and stayed on his quarter panel. Instead of getting down to the bottom.”
Tony Hirschman is the spotter for Kyle Busch.
“I don’t fault anybody for racing. But, if he didn’t want to race. If he’s going to complain that we’re racing too hard…”
“We’re fighting for a top 10. We don’t have many top 10’s. I don’t have it in front of me, but I’m sure it’s maybe 5.”
Kraft added, “He probably should have been more worried about the corner. In turn two, where he hit the wall three times than what Bubba was doing.”
Watkins Glen (2019)
Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace have a bit of a history.
Back in 2019, Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace made contact in turn 7 at Watkins Glen International. That led to the two drivers trading door swipes, all the way down the front stretch.
By the time they got to turn one, Bubba Wallace lined up his nose with the bumper of Busch and turned him into the corner.
“I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is,” Wallace said after Watkins Glen. “That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me.
He clarified back in 2019, “I won’t put up with no shit. So I flat out wrecked his ass back.”
In more recent times, Bubba Wallace was battling for a win at Daytona just a fw months ago. A race win at the time would have placed him in the Playoffs. Wallace was leading the regular-season finale when Kyle Busch broke up the Toyota line. The Toyota’s were lined up on the bottom and working as a whole.
Kraft explained, “We’re in a cutoff race at Daytona and we’re in a great position. We’re leading the Toyota line on the bottom.”
“Guess who went to the top and led the charge to hang us? Kyle Busch, ran right around the outside of us.”
He concluded, “So, I don’t think Bubba’s out to get Kyle by any means. But, I’m sure he’s not going to cut him any extra breaks.”
A few weeks after Daytona, Bubba Wallace was able to pick up his first career win. That win came at Talladega Superspeedway.