Kyle Busch throws some shade at Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for Daytona

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FexEx Cares Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident with several other cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at DIS on July 7, 2018

No fences have been mended it seems. Nearly a week after last Saturday’s 400 at Daytona there is still some hurt feelings.

Last Saturday night Stenhouse, who was the defending winner of the race, showed aggressiveness early; he was part of a multi-car crash that erupted on lap 54 and involved a total of 25 cars.

Less than 10 laps later, Stenhouse made contact with Kyle Busch as the two dueled for second place.  Busch was sent up and into the turn 4 wall sweeping up then-leader William Byron in the process.

“Disappointing to get crashed out by the same guy that caused the first crash,” said Busch. “You always come to Daytona waiting to crash and figure out when or where and hope you can walk away from it.”

“I was just too aggressive trying to get to his left-rear, trying to get back to the lead and back out front,” was all Stenhouse had to say about that second crash. He later had a police escort to leave the track.

Fast forward to Kentucky Speedway site of this Saturday nights Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race and Busch was asked if Stenhouse had reached out to him this week.  Busch said he had not heard from him.

“I am disappointed that he did not,” Busch said.

“You wipe out half the field and pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him,” he added, “But there wasn’t, so apparently he just doesn’t care.”

Busch was then asked if the lack of communication would change the way Busch races Stenhouse moving forward.

“I can’t – I can’t worry about people that far back in the field,” he said.

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