- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman wasted little time responding to Kyle Busch calling him an "ogre" and "the biggest stupid idiot out here" following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Newman fired back Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, saying, "We know he's not very bright."
This war of words began apparently because Busch was upset that a wreck between Newman and Kurt Busch ended any chance Kyle's older brother had of winning. Kyle took several shots at Newman, who earlier in the week learned this would be his last season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
"I really hate it that Kurt got tore up and I felt like he had the best car here today,'' Kyle Busch said of his brother, who led a race-high 102 laps. "He was definitely good. He could definitely roll the long runs for sure, and I was proud of those guys, but man, just stupidity.
"I mean, Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out here. And he's a big ogre and he can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt, so no sense in getting into a fight with him. But glad he is out of a job."
To the point of getting into a fight, Newman took a shot at Kyle Busch's personal appearance during his radio interview.
"I'm sure if I rearrange his face I might fix it," he said. "He's frustrated finishing third [actually second] or wherever he was after hitting me first and then giving me a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel.
"It is what it is. We know he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent, but not very bright."
The wreck between Newman and Kurt Busch occurred on Lap 226 of 302. It turned a potential win into a 31st-place finish that dropped the older Busch from ninth to 14th in the standings.
Kurt Busch didn't mention Newman after the incident but said he got hit from behind. The driver behind him was Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth blamed Kurt Busch for the incident.
"Kind of lost our track position when Kurt cleaned out Newman,'' he said. "I had to stop to miss that wreck.''
Newman, who finished 39th, said Kurt Busch took himself out.
"I guess [Kenseth] had a little influence on it," Newman said after the race. "We were kind of in a bad spot having a little bit older tires. ... Just a lot of disrespect from a bunch of guys on restarts. What comes around goes around."
Does that mean Newman, who is 19th in the standings and 36 points outside the top 10 needed to guarantee a spot in the Chase, might take revenge against Kyle Busch, who is seventh in points?
"I never said that," Newman told SiriusXM. "If he's going to run his mouth, he better be able to back up running his mouth.
"It seems like after his comment about me not having a ride, it seems like he has way more to lose than I do."
15dTom McKean, ESPN Stats & Information