Kyle Busch triggered a fight on pit road when he walked up to Joey Logano and punched Logano after Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Video from JeffGluck.com showed Busch walking down pit road to Logano’s car after the race and approaching Logano. Busch immediately swung at Logano. Logano’s crew members jumped in. A member of Busch’s crew attempted to pull Busch out before a NASCAR official did so.
Busch was upset after he spun on the last lap because of contact with Logano.
They were racing for position on the backstretch when Busch cut down on Logano to get around a slowing Brad Keselowski. As they went through Turn 3, Logano, running underneath Busch, went up the track and made contact with Busch, causing Busch to spin. Logano finished fourth; Busch 22nd.
“I was racing hard at the end,” Logano told Fox Sports. “Kyle and I usually race well together, we usually don’t have any issues. He tried to pin me down in the corner underneath Brad. I about crashed on entry and I was trying to gather it up by the center and I was going to spin out and so I’m trying to chase it up (the track) and he was there. It was nothing intentional but obviously he thinks that. We’ll move on.”
Asked about Busch approaching him after the race, Logano said: “I don’t run from conflict. You just talk about it, but he wasn’t in a talking mood. He was in a fighting mood, I guess. I don’t know. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don’t have to fight, but whatever.
“I’ve never had an issue with Kyle. Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We’ve never had an issue, but I guess that’s over.”
“I got dumped,” Busch told Fox Sports. “Flat out wrecked me. That’s how Joey races. He’s going to get it.”
A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports that no one was called to meet with series officials after the race about the incident.
With the second pole of his NASCAR Cup Series career, Kyle Larson will lead the field to green Sunday in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Joining Larson the front row is Denny Hamlin.
Filling out the top five is Brad Keselowski, Martin Treux Jr. and Ryan Newman.
Click here for the starting grid.
Kyle Larson ended a three-year drought by winning the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series’ Auto Club 400.
Larson won his second Cup Series pole with a speed of 187.047 mph around Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. His first pole came in the August 2013 race at Pocono Raceway.
The pole continues Larson’s impressive start to 2017. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver leads the point standings after earning three consecutive second-place finishes.
“I felt like messed up there in Turn 1 and 2 and I got a little bit loose off the wall on the entry and it got me to split the seam in (Turn) 1 and 2,” Larson told Fox Sports. “I was able to commit to (being) wide open off (Turn) 1 and 2. I hadn’t ran up high in (Turn) 3 and 4 at all in practice or qualifying here. Didn’t really know what I would have out there but ran a good ways and it stuck. … Our Target team has been really amazing to start the season and to get a pole is great. … Got a little team dinner tonight, so this will be a good thing to celebrate.”
Larson’s run knocked Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin from the top spot. As Larson drove down pit road, a Fox Sports camera caught Hamlin playfully showing his dissatisfaction by emptying a cup of ice in the direction of the No. 42.
“This is No. 1 on my list of track I want to win,” Hamlin told Fox Sports. “It’s bitten me mentally and physically … definitely one I want to check off.”
Filling out the top five is Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Newman.
Daniel Suarez qualified 10th for his best career Cup start.
No Hendrick Motorsports entries will start in the top 10. Kasey Kahne was the top qualifier in 12th, followed by Chase Elliott.
Five cars did not make qualifying attempts, with one of them being by choice. Jimmie Johnson’s team elected not to make an attempt following his accident in practice. He will start 37th.
Joining Johnson at the back of the field will be Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Matt DiBenedetto and Gray Gaulding. All of their cars did not make it through inspection in time to qualifying.
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Following Jimmie Johnson’s accident in practice early Friday, Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 team chose not to qualify with a backup car at Auto Club Speedway.
Johnson, a six-time winner at Auto Club Speedway, will start 37th in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
Four other cars, including those of Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne, will start in the back after they did not make qualifying attempts. Their cars failed to get through inspection in time. Rookie Gray Gaulding and Matt DiBenedetto also did not qualify because their cars failed to get through inspection.
Johnson explained his team’s decision.
“We had a tough practice session and mid-pack was probably going to be our goal anyway,” he said. “So, to take our lumps here, at a track that’s really wide with a lot of lanes, a long race; we’ll just take our lumps and get the car right where we can take advantage of the precious minutes that we have in Saturday’s practice session and go from there. Pit road is going to be a problem. We’re not going to have a great pick there. We’re definitely not in a position we want to be in, so we’d rather take the time now and make sure we get everything right and get this car right; and also kind of control our risk factor.”
With ACS being such a wide race track with plenty of passing opportunities, Johnson is not in as bad a position to start Sunday’s race as he would be at more narrow track.
Crew chief Chad Knaus told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Claire B. Lang he wasn’t comfortable forcing Johnson to “hustle” to qualify a car he hadn’t practiced in.
Joey Logano was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session at Auto Club Speedway for the Service King 300.
Driving Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford, Logano put up a speed of 176.804 mph on his 19th of 35 laps in the session
The top five as made up of Erik Jones (176.744), Paul Menard (176.587), Brandon Jones (176.475) and Kyle Larson (176.039).
William Byron and Brennan Poole recorded the most laps in the session with 37 each.
Logan also had the best 10-lap average at 174.889 mph.
Click here for the full practice report.