Busch, Harvick trade verbal jabs

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DOVER, Del. -- The ongoing feud between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick doesn't seem to show any signs of letting up anytime soon.

Prior to Friday's Sprint Cup Series practice at Dover International Speedway, both drivers separately addressed their post-race altercation from last Saturday at Darlington Raceway, as well as their penalties and recent meeting with NASCAR officials following the altercation.

During the closing laps of the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington, Busch, Harvick and Clint Bowyer tangled during a three-wide battle for position. Bowyer slammed hard into the inside wall. Then Busch made contact with Harvick and sent him into the outside wall.

Busch attempted to flee Harvick when he pulled up next to him on pit road after the race concluded, but Busch was unsuccessful in his attempt.

Harvick then hopped out of his Chevrolet, headed toward Busch's Toyota and took a swing at Busch while he was still in his car.

Busch nudged Harvick's car out of the way and into the inside wall on pit road when he was trying to escape Harvick's fury.

Earlier this week, NASCAR fined Busch and Harvick $25,000 each and placed both of them on probation until June 15. The two drivers then met with officials before Thursday's practice for the Camping World Truck Series at Dover. Busch and Harvick are competing in Friday's 200-mile truck race here.

"Kyle's explanation yesterday was he had a flat tire and hooked me on the straightaway," Harvick said. "It's kind of one lie after another, and you see everything that happened after the race. The way that I was brought up and taught to race is when you hook someone in the right-rear corner panel it's the equivalent to throwing your gloves off in hockey. That's the point where everybody has reached the boiling point.

"The only answer I get out of Kyle is that I am a race car driver and not a fighter, but if you're going to drive like that, you're going to have to learn how to take care of yourself."

Busch had a difference in opinion on what happened at Darlington.

"Apparently, [Harvick] has been watching too much hockey, but that's what you do in your own time during the week, I guess," Busch said. "I did have a flat left-rear tire, and I wasn't sure that if I turned too hard to the right to stay off of him or to get away from him that the car would actually spin out the wrong way. My car would. Believe that for what it's worth."

NASCAR officials had their first discussion with Busch and Harvick immediately following their incident at Darlington.

The two have had a history of run-ins, including one last November in the season-finale at Homestead, where Harvick got into the back of Busch and sent him into the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch with 24 laps to go. They also tangled earlier in that race.

"As far as getting along, I'm not sure we ever did," Busch said. "I think he tried, and that's why at Homestead, I kind of talked about the two-face of Kevin Harvick that I still believe is out there. He'll talk to your face like you're best friends, but behind closed doors or at home, he has the utmost disrespectful thoughts or whatever else."

So, is there any likelihood that Busch and Harvick will resolve their issues in the future?

"That probably won't ever happen," Harvick said.


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