Busch says he hasn't 'spoken to' older brother regarding domestic abuse allegations RELATED: Monday's best quotes from the Charlotte Media Tour CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch said Monday that he has steered clear of involving himself in older brother Kurt's recent legal issues, even though reporting mistakes have confused the two. Kurt Busch has been the center of an investigation for allegations of domestic assault by the Dover (Del.) Police Department since November, two months after an alleged incident took place at Dover International Speedway . The elder Busch has not commented on the incident or investigation, except through court testimony or statements from his attorney, Rusty Hardin. The younger Busch , speaking Monday at the Joe Gibbs Racing portion of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, said that he has taken a hands-off approach to the developments. "Haven't spoken to him," Kyle Busch said. "Don't know nothing and I'm trying to stay away from it all and let him handle his business. "Obviously, it's got to be painful for him and you don't ever want to see anybody go through this sort of thing, but I don't know. Besides not wanting to get too far involved in it, that's about all I want to say." But the younger brother has been indirectly involved through erroneous reporting. Kyle Busch said he bristled at seeing his name attached to tweets or reports concerning the case. "I think it's stupid," he said. "I think people need to do a little bit more background before they write names or say names if they don't know what the heck they are talking about. It's not that hard to differentiate between two people that have the same last name. I think people need to do a better job and not be so slackish." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
There appears to be room for improvement between Toyota teams CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clint Bowyer disagreed with Kyle Busch 's style of delivery, but when Busch said the Toyota teams of Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing were "idiots" for not working as closely together as other alliances, Bowyer couldn't deny the importance of that type of collaboration in today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing. The success of teams like Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing working together has provided a strong example to follow, with drivers from each of those four-car super teams claiming the past two championships and three of the past four. And like it or not, that could be putting more pressure on others to follow suit. "I wish we could go back to no simulation, no testing, show up with a group of guys and get the most out of a weekend," Bowyer said Tuesday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. "Unfortunately, those days are over. ... The success, I'm afraid from here on out, is going to be in numbers." Those numbers grew when Joe Gibbs Racing expanded to four Cup cars for the 2015 season, adding veteran driver Carl Edwards to a team of Busch , Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth . Between JGR's four Toyotas and Michael Waltrip Racing 's two full-time cars, the teams appear to be better positioned to work together. But that's not what's happening, according to Busch . "I'm very vocal about it because I feel like we're idiots by not continuing to work in the right direction in order to put our companies together and do the right things for Toyota and for all of us collectively," Busch said Monday. "Nothing has happened where Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing are going to collectively work together as in-depthly as Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are." Bowyer admitted HMS and SHR are setting the benchmark for team alliances, because, as he says, you're racing against eight cars and their collective information when you take on those teams on a weekly basis. So what is it that MWR and JGR can do better? "No doubt, more data points would be potentially more helpful," MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman said. "That's something that if we can work with our fellow Toyota teams to collaborate in that regard, we'd certainly like to do that. It's really a three-legged stool between MWR, JGR and Toyota TRD as they call themselves. That's kind of how we're organized amongst ourselves as we look at all of those three points and what can you do to raise the level of those three together." Michael Waltrip agreed with Kauffman that more could be done between the two teams. "Could we collaborate on more? Yes, and I think that's ultimately the goal," Waltrip said. "I think everyone sees the success that organizations have by working together." But Waltrip pointed out that the super-team approach isn't the only way to reach success in Sprint Cup . "Well, then you look at Roger's (Penske) two cars and they do pretty good and there's only two of them," Waltrip said. "We feel like that there's going to be some advantages by collaborating with Gibbs more and we continue to work toward that." Of course Bowyer, in his own tongue-in-cheek way, had a suggestion for better cooperation between the teams. "If we could get Kyle to work better with us, I think it would be beneficial for sure," Bowyer said with a laugh. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Will new crew chief help 'Rowdy' reach Victory Lane again in 2015? RELATED: Complete schedule for driver previews Team: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota Rank in final 2014 standings: 10th Wins: 1 ( Auto Club Speedway , Fontana, California) Year in photos: Busch's 2014 highlights Strides: Busch won at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the 10th consecutive year, and qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the seventh time in his career. His win at ACS was his third at the two-mile venue. His third-place finish at Kansas was his best result for that 1.5-mile track, while a runner-up finish at Indianapolis equaled his best previous effort there. Five consecutive top-10 finishes, including top-fives at Kansas and Charlotte, to open the Chase kept Busch , 29, in the thick of the title battle. "It came down to a pit stop," Busch said of the Auto Club victory, "and my guys hammered out an awesome stop, got us good track position for the final (stop). We won the race holding off a hungry, talented rookie ( Kyle Larson ). That was a great highlight and it got us in the Chase." Setbacks: Second in points heading into the Chase race at Talladega, Busch saw his title hopes disappear when he was collected in an 11-car incident that sent his No. 18 Toyota to the garage for an extended stay and resulted in a 40th-place finish. "The only other way to run the race would be just to run up front with everybody and if there's a wreck that happens hopefully it takes enough of the guys out that you’re racing against in points that your points will be enough to beat the ... those guys that got crashed," Busch said. For the season, Busch led only 453 laps, fewest for the Las Vegas native since 2005. Quote-worthy: "We just need to improve in sheer speed; our cars need to turn better. We haven't been able to go through the center of the corner as fast as some of these other guys and why that is we're really not sure." What's next: Former XFINITY Series crew chef Adam Stevens takes over the helm of the No. 18 team, replacing Dave Rogers as crew chief. Stevens has 31 victories as crew chief, including 19 with Busch in 2013-14. "The relationship we've had over the last year (has) gone really well; we've won lots of races and been competitive," Busch said of Stevens. "I think that ( XFINITY Series) level (of competition) is obviously a lot less than at Sprint Cup level but still I think he's got a good repertoire within the shop and with his guys. When you can have all that, there's no better thing than to try and move that guy up." Although there may be some growing pains inside JGR with the addition of a fourth Sprint Cup team (fielded for driver Carl Edwards ), Busch said the expansion can be a positive for the organization overall. "Having Carl come aboard is going to be great for the team," he said. "He's obviously gotten some (good) results in years past; I look forward to working with him, but also having a bunch of new people at JGR and getting the engineering department all ramped up (to) make us more competitive, a stronger team and a force to be reckoned with." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Race will be held on April 23 at South Boston Speedway in Virginia The Denny Hamlin Foundation Short Track Showdown is set for April 23, 2015 at South Boston Speedway, the Denny Hamlin Foundation announced on Wednesday. The Late Model charity race featuring some of the top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers will be back at South Boston Speedway and occur right before the NASCAR events at Richmond International Raceway . "Keeping the race at South Boston for 2015 was a no-brainer for me," said Hamlin in a release. "Not only did it bring back a little bit of NASCAR to the South Boston community, it also brought one of the most competitive fields we have seen at this event so far. The fans nearly sold out South Boston last year, and with the interest that we have already seen this year, I believe we will sell out South Boston, and provide fans with another thrilling event." The driver lineup for the event will announced closer to the event. Matt Bowling, a Whelen All-American Series driver won last year's event. NASCAR drivers that participated in last year's event included: Kyle Busch , Matt Kenseth , David Ragan , Jeb Burton and Timothy Peters . The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown began in 2008 at Southside Speedway, a local short track near Hamlin's hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia. The event moved to Richmond in 2011 and then moved to South Boston in 2014. Proceeds from the race go to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which has donated $150,000 in grants while helping to fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and also supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU. Advance tickets for the Short Track Showdown go on sale starting February 11. For more information regarding the event, visit the southbostonspeedway.com and dennyhamlinfoundation.org .
Sprint Cup Series star tells tale of his own childhood mischief RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today DORAL, Fla. -- When Kyle Busch 's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title hopes fizzled in the Contender Round finale at Talladega Superspeedway , there was still plenty of racing to focus on as he turned the page from this season to 2015 preparations in all three national series. But there's another, more important focus from a different perspective coming next year, in the form of a bundle of joy for himself and his wife, Samantha. Busch talked at length about his approaching growth into fatherhood Monday before the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet, where he'll accept team owner championship honors for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the truck tour. The couple announced in October that they were expecting their first child in May. With on-track action complete for the year, the Busches are preparing for an offseason of shopping, studying up for their new arrival and working out schedule logistics. "That is priority number one since Talladega is just trying to get everything ready and all set," Busch said. "We've been online trying to find stuff, trying to figure everything out, reading books and what all comes with it. For us, you've got December and January pretty much to figure out what your nursery is going to be because as soon as you go to Daytona for two weeks, you're home for three days and you're gone for a month when you do your West Coast swing and then it's a month later before the baby's there. It'll all come quick, I'm sure." Though Busch regularly wheels cars at 200 mph for a living, he said the thought of hands-on participation in childbirth terrifies him. So does infancy. "I'm ready for 2, 2 1/2. I'm ready for that age, right now. I could do that, no problem," Busch said, pointing to newly crowned Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick and his 2-year-old son, Keelan. "Walking around, talking a little bit, all that stuff. The zero to 12 months freaks me out -- way too much work. We've got to figure it out on our own." Busch alluded that the two may have their hands full, especially if the newborn's earliest years are anything like his. He said as a youth, he escaped through the front door of his family's home on a handful of occasions, usually on the way to his grandmother's, just a couple of houses down the road. "I knew where the fun was," Busch smiled. The couple should be content as long as the new child is able to avoid repeating the father's mischief as a toddler. Busch recalled one of the first automotive experiences of his life, something that sounded as if it was plucked from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. "I think I was 5 or something like that, my mom, she gave me the keys and was like, 'here, go get in the truck. We're leaving in 5 or 10 minutes.' I was bugging her too much, I guess, so she gave me the keys," Busch said. "So I got in the truck, turned the key. I didn't turn it on, I just turned the key enough to where -- it was a 1983 Chevy Silverado -- I pulled the lever and knocked her into neutral and rolled across the street into the neighbor's wall. "When she came out, I was in the passenger seat and she goes, 'what the hell happened?' and I go, 'I don't know. Wasn't me.' It was fine. I don't think the neighbors ever fixed their wall, but I fixed the truck." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
SHR driver discusses upcoming season CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch says he's had no problem focusing on preparations for the upcoming racing season in spite of an on-going case involving domestic assault that continues to hang over the 2004 premier series champion. "I feel great," Busch , 36, said Tuesday during the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour. "It's easy to be here and stand on truth and have all the people and support from behind the scenes this offseason." Ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll submitted a request for a no-contact order late last year, accusing Busch of physical harm during a race weekend in Dover, Del., last September. No decision has been made concerning the protective order request and the Delaware state attorney general's office has yet to rule on the alleged altercation. Until action is taken on those two issues, Busch will continue to prepare for the upcoming season, his second with Stewart-Haas Racing . "I'm a racer. I love to go race … that's the easy part and that's where the focus stays," Busch said. "When you have things going on in the offseason, that's the best time for different things to happen in your life and to make those changes. It's good to start moving forward and get a resolution to that." A recent Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , he said, was a good way to not only get the new season started, but to turn the attention away from the on-going controversy. "To put the helmet on, belt in and go out there and go 200 mph, that's the best feeling in the world,' he said. "It seems quieter out there (on the track); it's an amazing feeling. When you put the helmet on it all seems quiet and you're the only one out there." Team co-owner Gene Haas has continued to stand behind his driver, but admitted he has considered the possibility of an unfavorable ruling against Busch . "I've run that around in my mind a million times," Haas said, "and I don't know. I think we have to wait and see. "The authorities are going to have an opinion about what they're going to do, and I have a feeling it's going to be something that no one expects, you know what I'm saying? … We have to kind of see what they come back with before we can respond." To do otherwise, he said, would be a waste of time. "We just don't want to speculate and add more fuel to the ol' fire," he said. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
After losing lead in closing laps of NNS race, JGR driver leaves Cup race early RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Team owner Joe Gibbs said it was "frustration." Crew chief Dave Rogers said it was "a miscommunication." Driver Kyle Busch ? He wasn't talking, having departed after his car was damaged beyond repair, the result of which left the Joe Gibbs Racing owner with a 36th-place finish in Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway . It was the fourth consecutive finish of 36th or worse for Busch , who had finished second in three of four NASCAR Sprint Cup races before this latest slide. Sixth in points after this year's Indianapolis stop, Busch has now fallen 11 positions to 17th. Damage from an incident involving his No. 18 Toyota was too severe for repairs, leaving Busch to exit his car with less than 100 laps remaining in the race. Radio conversations between Busch and Rogers appeared to get heated before Busch's departure. "I still don't know what happened," Rogers said of the race-ending incident. "I think we got into the fence and I could hear the spotter say the tires were up, I heard Kyle say something about right-front suspension (but) I couldn't put it together. "I got frustrated with Kyle because I wasn't sure what he was saying; he got frustrated with me because I wasn't fixing the race car. It's Bristol, it's loud, and a lot of things are going on." Busch , who had qualified fourth in the 43-car field, drove into the lead early. But a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 63 dropped him from first to the tail end of the lead-lap cars. Collected in a five-car accident at Lap 125, Busch was unable to crack the top 10 for the remainder of the race. That incident began when Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson made contact in front of Busch . As he slowed to avoid contact, Clint Bowyer got into the back of Busch's car, damaging the left rear. "We were really fast tonight, had a top-four qualifying effort, then we drove up into the lead, thought we were going to have a shot to win it and then we got caught up in someone else's mess early on so everyone's frustrated," Rogers said. "It's been a long month. Emotions just overflowed like they always do at Bristol. It's really no big deal." Rogers said he thought the final incident cut a tire, but his driver said the suspension on the car was broken. "He said, 'No, you didn't fix the problem. The suspension is broke,' " Rogers said. "I said, 'Well, if the suspension is broke then drive it to the truck' … there's nothing you can do about it 50 laps to go in the race. "But he's right. The suspension's broke. That car was not salvageable. We couldn't get it back on the track no matter what we wanted to do. But it was just a miscommunication what we needed to work on." Gibbs said he spoke to both Busch and Rogers after the race. "That's just pro sports," Gibbs said. "Every now and then you get frustrated. "They had three weeks … they were second, second, second. I think the night was totally frustrating. *( Kyle ) had a great car and it was a series of circumstances. Something like that happens in pro sports you can get frustrated." Rogers said the heated conversations wouldn't impact his working relationship with his driver. "If Kyle Busch wasn't passionate, I probably wouldn't work for him," he said. "And if I wasn't passionate, Kyle Busch probably wouldn't want me as his crew chief. You've got two passionate people that want to win more than anything. And sometimes that passion gets the best of you. Tonight's that night. Kyle and I are fine. He's still my buddy, I love him to death and I'm very confident he'd tell you the same about me. "We both got frustrated tonight, but it's such a small deal. It really doesn't even factor into the Chase. We have some really good cars sitting on jack stands getting ready to go. All the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing are busting their butts and they've been building better and better cars. Lately, we've had speed in our cars and we're racing our worst stuff. We're saving our good stuff for the Chase." NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna contributed to this report. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JGR driver aims to overcome personal hurdle in Contender Round opener RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Talladega Superspeedway 's unpredictable nature has earned plenty of spotlight among the next three venues in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. For Kyle Busch , however, a different track counts as his personal house of horrors. As much trepidation as Kansas Speedway might conjure up for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Busch was calm and collected in talking about the Contender Round opener Wednesday, two days before opening practice at the 1.5-mile facility in preparation for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Crashes in the last two Chase races in the Sunflower State have unraveled Busch's title hopes the last two years. This season, he's not setting out to be Mr. October, but hopes to survive with more modest goals. "It's an opportune time for us," Busch said. "It's definitely a track that you don't necessarily look forward to going to, but you know it's coming so you just kind of get ready for it best you can, do the best work you can and put yourself in the best position possible to have a decent day. Essentially, that's all we need. I don't necessarily think we're out there to set the world on fire to win the race in Kansas. I think for us, a solid top-10 is what we need to get out of there with." Top-10s have been difficult to come by at what statistically ranks as Busch's worst track, with an average finish of 22.7 and just two top-10 finishes in 14 starts in his Sprint Cup Series career. Since the track reconfigured its banking with new pavement in the summer of 2012, Busch's fortunes have taken an even further nose-dive with three crashes in the last four events; only his 15th-place effort there in May over that four-race span was wreck-free. "I don't know what it is," Busch said. "I thought I was just starting to figure it out there on the old asphalt and getting pretty good at being able to run the top and run around there and be OK. Once they repaved it, I haven't been able to find my rear with both hands, so definitely got to figure that out. "This spring, I thought we ran OK. We were running, I think I got as high as sixth or eighth or something like that before I got myself busted for speeding on pit road. We go back there this time, and again, I think we're very capable of being able to run top-10 and just try to get out of there with that and just build on that consistency for this round." Busch finished fourth in the series standings in 2013 -- his best season-long result thus far in his 10-year career. In previous years, Busch admitted over the offseason, he would fold when faced with a dose of adversity, but last season, a new approach that emphasized resilience carried him. This season, the new-look rules format for the Chase -- with points hitting the reset button after each three-race round -- could help Busch compartmentalize any rough patches. To maximize that benefit, he'll still need to get through Kansas, but at least he heads there with a clean slate after the Challenger Round. "I don't think it's bad; I just think it's the situation we're in," Busch said. "It's not quite what it was before. The Chase format in years past, you essentially eliminated a guy each week. I mean, it's no different than it is now. Now, every three races, you reset at zero. Right now, Brad Keselowski 's won five races and I'm at the exact same points as he is and I've got one win. It doesn't matter how many you win, but you've got to win them at the right time." Timing may mean everything for the dozen drivers trying to make the top-eight cut for the Eliminator Round. The dread associated with the Contender Round's elimination race at fickle Talladega has placed a premium on performance for the round's first two events -- Kansas and Charlotte . Controlling his own destiny at a restrictor-plate track is a demanding task that Busch would rather avoid. He says that scenario, however, could make even the steadiest driver a daring risk-taker out of necessity. "I think desperation is going to change everything," Busch said. "What you've got to do is going to be anything you can do. If you're going to go four-wide or five-wide at Talladega in order to get yourself in a spot that's going to be able to make you transfer through and take yourself a chance of crashing, you're going to do it. You've got to. It's all about trying to make it through to the final round." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation