FORT WORTH, Texas – In a Saturday morning interview with NBC Sports analyst Steve Letarte, Kurt Busch accused Brad Keselowski of intentionally wrecking Matt Kenseth at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday.
“Whether Brad’s tie rod broke before or after he deliberately spun (Matt Kenseth), it’s hard to understand that,” the Stewart-Haas Racing driver said in the interview (video above). “That’s for Brad to know.”
Keselowski and Busch both were involved in a crash on the Lap 435 restart of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. Keselowski was on the inside on the restart and let leader and teammate Joey Logano slide in front of his No. 2 Ford at the green. Keselowski said he was hit from behind by Busch, which pushed his car into Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota.
“My right-front wheel hit Kenseth’s left rear, and it just broke the right-front suspension off the car,” Keselowski said at the time. “The car wouldn’t turn and just kept going straight until I couldn’t do anything and I started wrecking everybody. I just didn’t have any steering wheel left.”
Keselowski maintained that explanation Saturday in an interview with NBCSN after Busch’s allegation.
“Things happen,” Keselowski said. “Everybody wants to point a finger and say I wrecked (Kenseth) on purpose.
“But basically I got a push from behind, we rubbed fenders, the right-front tie rod on my car broke. Whether people believe it or not, I can’t control any of that. But we had to pull into the garage to fix it for 10 laps and we had one of the fastest cars, so believe me, the last thing I was thinking about was wrecking the damn 20 car, I really didn’t care about that at all. But it happened. A part broke, caused a wreck, we all suffered from it, and all we can do is move on.”
Twenty laps after the restart wreck involving Keselowski, Kenseth and Busch, Logano intentionally was crashed by Kenseth, who was suspended for two races by NASCAR.
Busch finished 34th at Martinsville and is ranked seventh of the remaining eight drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With two races remaining in the third round, he is 26 points behind the current points cutoff for the provisional final spot in the championship round. Busch said he didn’t know if he could make up the deficit.
“We’ve got to win Texas, we’ve got to win Phoenix,” Busch said. “That’s what this Chase format is about.”