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RELATED: Full race results " Miami race recap SHOP: Champion gear Tuesday: Media Day 2 Early Tuesday morning, Busch made appearances on "FOX and Friends" and "Live! With Kelly and Michael." "Rowdy" caught up with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and discussed his wild year: injuries, his 2015 championship and 6-month-old son, Brexton. That @mmschocolate Toyota is looking good. Having fun at @foxandfriends . #RowdyNation pic.twitter.com/QNd7d0vgER — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) November 24, 2015 Kyle also made a stop at SiriusXM and is heading to Facebook and ESPN later today. Monday: Media Day 1 After securing his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch is making the media rounds to talk about his epic victory and comeback from injuries sustained at Daytona in the XFINITY Series opener. Busch capped off his Monday appearances by taking in the Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Me and my boy@bjanitz18 w the Patriots @espnmondaynight #Champ18ns pic.twitter.com/NA3kamdfMq — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) November 24, 2015 Prior to that, the 30-year-old taped an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that aired Monday night on CBS. The Sprint Cup champion and Colbert engaged in a Pinewood Derby race, titled "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Cinnamon Toast Crunch 400." Watch the video to see who won. Busch also taped a promo spot for "The Late Show" disclosing a different type of personal dream. Earlier Monday, Busch joined "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday morning to chat -- from his airplane somewhere "over Washington, D.C." nonetheless -- about the celebration, which started for him about seven hours after the checkered flag fell. "We did all of our photos; that takes quite a long time," Busch said. "I'm glad the race was actually over around 7, 7:30 because we were still taking photos and finally got done about 2 a.m. or so. My team guys were having a good old time. They were lit up a little bit so I joined them for a little while and continued on with them for some more celebration before getting a couple hours of sleep to get on an airplane this morning." Busch's long road to recovery certainly helped him flex his focus muscle -- but he did get a little help from something else in the closing laps of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 . "The last 60 laps or so, I kept thinking to myself … 'oh, man, this is going to be cool; this is awesome.' But then I was like, 'dude, you've got 60 to go; stop thinking about it.,' " Busch said. "So I just had to start singing a child's song. One of my kid's (Brexton) favorite TV shows, it's a 3-minute little skit … it's called 'Vocabulary' and I was just kind of singing the intro song to that in my head and just trying to make laps." Busch's tour on Monday also included appearances on ESPN's SportsCenter, FS1 RaceHub and NBCSN's NASCAR America. Early Tuesday morning, Busch made appearances on FOX and Friends and Live! With Kelly and Michael. And will be making stops at SiriusXM, Facebook and ESPN. Early Tuesday morning, Busch made appearances on FOX and Friends and Live! With Kelly and Michael. And will be making stops at SiriusXM, Facebook and ESPN.
Despite giving a bit of an indecisive answer earlier in the week about who he would root for to win Sunday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway , Dale Earnhardt Jr . was clear on the " Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday -- Jeff Gordon 's his guy. "I'm going to obviously pull for my teammate, Jeff Gordon , because I want the boss man (Rick Hendrick) to be happy with Jeff winning the championship, and that's a hell of a way to go out," Earnhardt said on his morning appearance on the NBCSN program. "He's been racing for, what, 20-something years now and still has the ability to go out and win races and battle for championships all the way to the very end. What a storybook ending that would be." Junior had previously said in a Twitter Q&A after his win at Phoenix that he's "a company man, but I'm also pulling for (friend, Martin Truex Jr .)." RELATED: So, Junior, who are you rooting for? But if it came down to it, Junior implied he'd block Truex's No. 78 Chevrolet -- or anyone else -- on the final lap if it helped Gordon win his fifth and final premier series title. "I would block. … I can't pull over to give (Gordon) a spot, I can't let him have a position to give him a point, but yeah, I would block," said Earnhardt. "And I'll race those other guys (Truex Jr., Kyle Busch , Kevin Harvick ) very, very hard when I'm around them. Those other three competitors are going to get some hard competition from me and any of the other teammates that are out there."
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Host shares story of his last NASCAR experience Chatting with Kansas winner Joey Logano on his NBCSN simulcasted talk show, "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday morning, host Dan Patrick shared a funny little story about the last time he was at a NASCAR race -- and why he might not be welcome back. "I was in Chicago a couple of years ago and I almost leaned on Jimmie Johnson 's spoiler, pre-race," Patrick said. Uh oh. "Chad Knaus, I think, would've killed me. I was talking to Jimmie right before the race and I almost leaned on his spoiler." Logano, quick on his feet, noted that if he bent it the right way, Knaus may have even thanked him. "If you were pulling it back, or something, (Chad) might've been okay with it." Not that he would know anything about those sort of hijinks. RELATED: NASCAR to police flared skirts in 2015 Still, Logano wants the host to come out to a race to cheer him on – well, maybe. "I don't know if you want me out there, Joey," Patrick said. "Because then I'm going to want to get in your pits and I'm going to want to work the pits." Logano, entrenched in a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup run, can't take any risks and responded appropriately. "Then just don't come."
RELATED: Kenseth wrecks Logano Matt Kenseth 's apparent payback of Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday is dominating the talk around the NASCAR world and on the latest installment of "The Dale Jr. Download" on Dirty Mo Radio, Dale Earnhardt Jr . weighed in with his take. "There's a lot of things going on there and man, them guys hit that wall hard," Earnhardt Jr. said. "They all went in there hard. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I mean I've seen guys get wrecked but damn, he put that (expletive) in the fence. Anyhow, don't wreck Matt. Don’t piss Matt off because that's what you get." The genesis of the friction between Kenseth and Logano goes back to what happened in the closing laps at Kansas, where Logano turned a race-leading Kenseth to take the lead on Lap 263 (of a scheduled 267, although the race did end in a green-white-checkered finish, with Logano winning). This time, Kenseth, who was multiple laps down at Martinsville after an incident with Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch on Lap 435, appeared to intentionally send race-leader Logano into the wall on Lap 454. RELATED: Evolution of the Kenseth-Logano feud "Everybody's going to be talking about that mess with the 22 ( Joey Logano ) and the 20 ( Matt Kenseth ), so here's my opinion on it," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I thought the 22 was pretty aggressive at Kansas but what did him in, was kind of how he handled it afterwards. He said things that would piss off anyone that just got wrecked by him. I think what he said after the fact is what bothered Matt the most. "It's a difficult situation to handle if you're Joey. After you punt somebody, it's a fine line to walk and I guess he didn't walk that the way Matt thought he should. So that really frustrated Matt." Those comments from Dale Jr. about how Logano handled his Kansas move post-race echoed what Martinsville race winner Jeff Gordon told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday. RELATED: Gordon says he 'can relate' to Kenseth Dale Jr. also thought the earlier incident with Keselowski, a driver that Kenseth has had some past run-ins with may have contributed to his frustration. "I think Matt also thought that maybe the 2 had something with him wrecking at Martinsville. So maybe that fueled the fire a little bit. I'm just guessing on that one. Saw some scanner interaction about Matt wondering if the 2 took him out. Actually, the 2 broke a tire rod in, that's why they all wrecked. I think Matt at the moment thought the 2 had just ran over him or clipped him somehow." For his race, Dale Jr. finished fourth but some mid-race contact with Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate left him a little miffed. "We played bumper tag with Jeff (Gordon) for a little bit. As soon as he caught me, he ran into the back of me. I let him know I didn't like that too much. I waited for him to run into the next car he caught but he didn't. I was kind of offended a little bit. "Anyhow, I was happy he won the race. I respect him, but you got to race people the way you want to be raced and vice versa. They need to race you that way. I didn't think he did there for a second." RELATED: In-car audio of Dale Jr. and Gordon contact Dale Jr. also had some hard racing with spring Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin in a battle for third place and the two-time winner in 2015 used that to explain his thoughts on moving drivers around. "He gave me a little bit of the bumper, pushed me up off of 2. (He) Got the spot, but it was cool. Good racing. I don't mind getting moved around a little bit as long as you don't wreck me and as long as you don't mind me moving you around. It was all good. We had a fun day." And if you are wondering who Dale Jr.'s championship allegiance is to, you don't have to. "I'm happy they won. I'm glad for Alan (Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief). He's an awesome guy. I got a lot of respect for him, too. Hope he wins this championship because he deserves it. They've been working real hard there. Been able to see that effort up close so I've got a lot of respect for him and his team. Obviously, Rick (Hendrick, team owner), you want Rick to win another championship. That would definitely make the boss man happy."
RELATED: Logano: 'Complete coward move' " Photos of Sunday's incident If there's anyone who knows about getting retribution on a championship-eligible driver, it's Martinsville-winner Jeff Gordon . Gordon, who effectively ended Clint Bowyer 's title hopes by taking out his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota at Phoenix in 2012, was asked about Sunday's incident in which Matt Kenseth -- off the lead lap at the time -- wrecked a race-leading Joey Logano two weeks after Logano initiated contact with Kenseth at Kansas. His initial reaction? "Wow," Gordon told Dan Patrick on his radio show. "I had kind of forgotten about it; their issue. I was right behind Matt when the whole wreck happened the first time that kind of took him out of the race. It was a racing incident, but at the same time, I wasn't putting two and two together at the time of 'Oh, boy, here comes the redemption.' I thought it was the 2 car (of Brad Keselowski ) that got into Matt, not the 22. When I watched it happen, I was like 'Oh, my gosh. Did I just see that happen?' "Of course, for me, the 22 at that time was the biggest threat that we had on the race track to win that race. Things started adding up for me and our team." Logano had led a race-high 207 laps to that point and appeared set to wind up in Victory Lane for the fourth straight week to clinch a Championship Round berth before the 20 car intervened. Kenseth, out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after the 22 car bumped him while leading at Kansas, certainly appeared determined to make sure Logano faced the same fate. The move allowed Gordon to take control of the race -- and the Chase standings -- with two races remaining in the Eliminator Round, leaving Logano in last place and searching for answers. "Since then, I've had a lot of things go through my mind in that incident. I had a similar incident with Clint Bowyer several years ago, so I can relate to Matt," Gordon said. "He was taken out of a race win and a shot at the championship in Kansas and right or wrong, when that happens, you aren't going to forget it. You are going to take that win or championship away from someone else if you get that opportunity and that's exactly what happened." Gordon has had issues with Team Penske drivers before -- we're approaching the anniversary of the four-time champion's melee with Logano's teammate Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway -- and seemed to side with fellow 40-plus-year-old Kenseth, who Gordon says he has a "tremendous amount of respect for," despite their own run-ins with each other. But was the controversial move fair? RELATED: Was Kenseth right to wreck Logano? "Life's not always fair," Gordon said. "Here's the way I look at it. Joey's been amazing this year and he's not done yet; I think they can still make it to Homestead and be a major threat. I think he's the favorite to win this championship. "Had Joey handled that situation at Kansas slightly better … I mean, he was gloating about it. He was like, 'Oh, yeah. That's exactly the way I should've raced and he blocked me.' That's fine if you feel that way, but guess what? That's not helping the situation and how (Kenseth's) going to think about you and not even think twice if he gets in that scenario and in that situation. That's what I learned in my situation with Bowyer. Yeah, I had regrets. I wish I'd handled it differently, but I also know my raw emotions came out and I reacted. But it's how you handle it from that point moving forward as to what is going to help you get through it. That goes from both sides; from Joey's side as well as from Matt's side." In short, Gordon thinks Kenseth felt "like he was disrespected and that he wasn't going to stand for it anymore." As the series now turns to Texas -- known for its hot action on the track and on pit road following the race, it'll be interesting to see what unfolds, as neither driver has any strikes left to give. RELATED: Logano tweets message saying he 'will fight' "It's a three strikes and you're out-type situation," Gordon said. "The Kansas thing happened; that's strike one. They had some issues at Talladega; that's strike two. And then boom, this happens at Martinsville and it's strike three, that's it. I've lost any amount of integrity at this moment because my raw emotions and frustrations have now taken over. "I think anyone that was in that position, who's a competitor and has driven a race car, I think, yeah, it's a good chance -- 90 percent of the time -- they do the same thing."