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Kurt Busch won’t soon forget Clint Bowyer’s race-ruining shove at Darlington (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

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If the saying about NASCAR drivers having memories like elephants really is true, Kurt Busch won’t soon forget how Clint Bowyer ruined his night in Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Busch was working on a potential top-10 finish when he was spun by Bowyer on Lap 369 in the first of two attempts at a green-white-checker finish.

Bowyer sent Busch, who was running ninth at the time and lost momentum coming off the corner, flying and into the inside retaining wall, destroying both Busch’s Chevrolet and his Top-10 finish hopes.

An angry Busch climbed from his race car and walked up the track in a menacing fashion to confront Bowyer as he went by on the next lap, appeared to scream at Bowyer and then walked back towards the ambulance to have himself checked out at the infield care center.

“That was a terrible way to end what could have been a decent night,” Busch said. “We struggled at times to get the balance of the Haas Automation Chevrolet right, but we kind of found our spot just past the halfway point and made slight adjustments the rest of the way.

“We called for a two-tire stop at the end hoping to gain some track position, but it seemed like everyone had the same idea. We gained a little, but the guys behind us all had four tires. I tried to hold them off the best I could, but someone (a.k.a. Bowyer) moved me out of their way and it ruined our night. I hate it for the team, but we keep learning each week and we will get better.”

Busch ultimately wound up 31st, while Bowyer, whose Toyota did not sustain any damage in the incident, finished 12th.

Don’t expect Busch to forget Saturday night’s incident so easily, especially with one of Bowyer’s better tracks — Richmond — coming up in two weeks. If Richmond International Raceway officials don’t have fireworks planned, they may get an impromptu show at no extra cost.

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  1. gbart22 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    He’s such a petulant little child. How about a few laps earlier when Busch on a restart dived low going in the corner then cut across to the top bunching up about ten cars behind him and nearly taking out ten cars in the process. It was extremely aggressive which is fine but at the same time it’s reckless and he never seems to look in the mirror. He races everyone aggressively so don’t be surprised when guys don’t give him any breaks.

    The bowyer incident is even more silly because it was Busch who slowed and lost momentum bowyer was already right behind him there wasn’t much bowyer could do.

  2. toewsingkaner - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Bowyer accelerated right through Busch after making contact (check the in-car replay), so can’t blame Busch for being pissed. Bowyer has a history of late-race shenanigans so I expect payback from Busch at the short-track in Richmond.

  3. biggdaddy007 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    ever notice its never the bush sisters fault

    • freegeezer - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Nor, have I ever seen Boyer taking any responsibility for his spoiled brat shenanigans.

    • fave88 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      @bigdaddy007….Kurt did nothing wrong and this incident was not his fault. What race were you watching? He has shown a great deal of maturity since his past days. Kyle, don’t really care about him. Bowyer is the guy you should be talking about. Ever since his “itchy” spin at Richmond last year, and the fact he’s never had the **** to admit it, he’s still “unintentionally” causing cautions! Get a grip Bowyer!!!!!

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Usually what goes around comes around. If the cars aren’t crashing and the drivers aren’t fighting the fans are disappointed. God forbid a quality race should break out. 98% of the fans would leave or change TV channels.

  5. wiscpaul - May 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I used to hate that mofo, but not anymore.

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