Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
November 19, 2017
Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski will not be exchanging Christmas cards again this season. The two drivers continue their feud during a press conference on Thursday with the four Championship Contenders when asked about their checkered history.
“Sometimes you just don’t like a guy,” Busch said. “I never ran into Matt Kenseth. I don’t think Matt Kenseth ever ran into me. There is a respect factor out there on the race track and you can 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 this how they race me.”
The two have had several run-ins over the years, here is a quick recap of a few:
– Keselowski spins Busch on the final lap during the 2012 Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Busch was leading the race at the time of the incident.
– A year later at Kansas, Busch returned the favor when he crashed Keselowski in an Xfinity Series race.
– Most recent on-track, Keselowski and Busch wrecked during the Cup race at Watkins Glen in August. Busch went on a tirade over his team radio to keep him away from Keselowski after the race.
After the media availability with the four drivers, Kevin Harvick was asked if the Busch and Keselowski were on speaking terms during the press conference.
“What do you think?,” said Harvick. “They did fine. We kept them separated in the cars, and Martin and I kind of ‑‑ he took one car, I took the other car to keep them apart, so they did all right.”
Keselowski was took the more diplomatic approach when asked about the relationship between the two rivals.
“I do think that both of us are fortunate to have great cars, great teams and when you run up at the front a lot things are going to happen,” Keselowski said. “I feel like where we’re at in the sport right now, we’re both going to be here for a long time to come.
“If you looked across the field, every one has had some run-ins with each other. Probably all four of us have probably run into each other through the course of our careers. That’s part of the fun of the sport as well.”
So don’t look for the two of them to make up and exchange holiday cheer anytime soon.