Kyle Busch clarifies comments
I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time (cont) http://t.co/XCVp7BpD2S— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) July 16, 2013
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also clarified that he didn't call Newman an "ogre" and "the biggest stupid idiot out here" because of Newman's involvement in a wreck with older brother Kurt Busch.
Kyle Busch wrote that the first question "was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked."
"[Kurt] was fast ... Great to see them running well ... Was a shame to see him crashed ... Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn't see it and I still haven't seen it. "
Kyle Busch said his second answer was about being upset over an incident he had with Newman, who earlier in the week was told he would not be back at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.
"I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer," he said.
In the interview at the track, Busch said, "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."
Busch said in the statement linked from his tweet that he felt Newman raced him poorly and damaged the right front fender of his car that affected the handling.
"This isn't the first time that I've been raced poorly by RN, either, which added to my frustration," he explained. "All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt. I'm not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone's livelihood went too far."
Newman responded to Busch's comments from Sunday during a Monday interview on SiriusXM NASCAR, saying, "We know he's not very bright." To Busch's point of not getting into a fight, Newman took a shot at Busch's personal appearance.
"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 Newman-Kurt Busch wreck occurred on Lap 226 of 302. It turned a potential win into a 31st-place finish that dropped Kurt 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, Kyle Busch's teammate. Kenseth blamed Kurt Busch for the incident.
Newman went on to finish 39th and fall to 19th in the standings, 36 points outside the top 10 needed to guarantee a spot in the Chase. During his radio interview he was asked about the possibility of payback.
"I never said that," Newman said. "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."