Kyle Busch takes shot at rival Brad Keselowski before title race
Make no mistake, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski do not like each other. Busch made that abundantly clear at Thursday's media day ahead of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Sometimes you just don’t like a guy — fact of the matter,” Busch told reporters in reference to the Ford driver. “I never ran into Matt Kenseth; I don’t think Matt Kenseth ever ran into me, so there is a respect factor out there on the race track and you certainly do a better job sometimes when you’re around some of those guys that you may or may not necessarily like, but as once a wise man told me, I think it was Chase Elliott, I race those like they race me.”
Keselowski has yet to respond to the comments.
The two have a history of several run-ins, including their infamous collision on the final lap at Watkins Glen in 2012, Busch wrecking Keselowski at Kansas in a Xfinity Series race in 2013, and most recently last season when Busch called Keselowski a "dirty racer" after an Xfinity Series crash at Bristol, the site of another incident between the two in 2010.
They have also had multiple spats on Twitter this season, with Keselowski calling out Busch for storming out of a press conference and Busch telling Keselowski to "STFU" after the Ford driver said Toyota drivers have a competitive advantage.
In addition to those outbursts, Busch took a swing at Keselowski's teammate Joey Logano earlier this year, which resulted in Logano's crew jumping on Busch and giving him a bloody nose.
Keselowski and Busch are two of the final four drivers in the mix for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Whoever finishes highest among the four at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be crowned champion.