Kevin Harvick confronts Kurt Busch after cooldown lap contact at Talladega (Video)

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Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick had altercations inside and outside of their cars after Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet slammed into Harvick’s No. 4 on the cooldown lap of the Hellmann’s 500. Harvick then angrily confronted Busch in the pits, reaching into the cockpit while Busch remained in his car (video above).

“He cleaned the side of our car out after the checkered flag,” Harvick told Dave Burns in an NBCSN interview. “I don’t really understand that. All in all, our team did a great job. Didn’t have a scratch on it until then. That’s pretty good for Talladega.”

Asked if Busch had an explanation, Harvick answered, “Not really” with a chuckle. Would there be a team meeting later? “Probably,” he said.

Busch finished fourth and advanced to the Round of 8 and joined Harvick, who already had clinched a spot with his Kansas Speedway victory.

“He has a misunderstanding of the call at the end of the race,” Busch said when asked by Kelli Stavast of NBCSN what Harvick had said. “He’ll understand it, and I’m sure he’ll clear it up in his interview. For us, we’re great teammates. We’re doing good together. We have to work together to beat all these other teams out there, and he knows that.”

Click on the video above or here to watch the interviews with Busch and Harvick explaining what happened after the race.

NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy

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Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.

 

TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224)

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.