Gordon, Busch not too chummy after Martinsville
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 7:20 PM
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jeff Gordon said earlier in the week he figured his chances of getting back into contention for a fifth series championship were pretty much gone.
On Sunday, Kurt Busch helped make sure there was no doubt, bumping Gordon coming out of the fourth turn and sending him slamming into the front-stretch wall and out of contention.
Turns out, Busch holds a grudge. For a long time.
"He shoved me in there and I shoved him back in Turn 4," Busch said before detailing a history of discontent with Gordon at Martinsville. "I didn't mean to get into him that hard, but over the years with Gordon here, back in the 97 (car), wrecking the 2 car, whether you're a current Kurt fan or ex-Rusty (Wallace) fan, he's wrecked the 2 car a lot here."
Wallace, now a television announcer, drove the No. 2 car before Busch.
"His chicken move afterward wasn't called for, but that shows the game we're gonna play," Busch said. "One bump versus another bump, it still seems like the scorecard isn't even."
Gordon said he was to blame, at least for part of the initial contact.
"We ran him down quite a bit, we were quite a bit faster than him," Gordon said of the first issue. "I dove inside of him in Turn 3 and I definitely over-shot it a little bit. Either he didn't know I was there or whatever and cut down on me and I got into him."
Gordon had been running near the front all race, but finished 20th.
"Kurt Busch doesn't have a very long fuse, so either it was pay-back or he just got angry really quick and decided to wreck us," Gordon said of Busch's costly nudge.
The two got together one more time later, and Gordon said he wasn't sure why.
"I guess I didn't know he was on the outside of me," he said.