Updated: May 15, 2012, 3:15 AM ET

Kurt Busch misbehaves at Darlington Raceway

Blount By Terry Blount
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Elliott SadlerTodd Warshaw/Getty ImagesElliott Sadler had his sights set on Victory Lane at Darlington before getting turned by Joey Logano.

Kurt Busch doesn't need to win this year. He doesn't need to make the Chase. He doesn't even need to finish in the top 10 except for a race here and there.

But Saturday night Busch showed he couldn't do the one thing he needs to do this season: behave.

The weekend's races at Darlington were a lesson on how to handle disappointment and how not to handle it.

Showing everyone the right way to deal with things was Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler, who appeared headed for a victory before getting wrecked by Joey Logano late in the race Friday night.

And showing everyone how to lose your cool and endanger others was Busch near the end of the Sprint Cup race Saturday night.

After the feel-good moment of Jimmie Johnson getting team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th Cup victory, there weren't any good feelings between Busch's team and Ryan Newman's crew.

Busch was having a good night and headed toward a possible top-10 finish when he cut a tire and wrecked with six laps to go, collecting Newman's car in the process.

Obviously, Busch was disappointed, as he should be. But his temper got the best of him again.

When he left his pit box after the accident, Busch did a burnout and went through Newman's pit box, which was directly in front of Busch's pit stall. Crew members for Newman and race officials were still standing on pit road and reportedly had to avoid Busch's car.

When the race ended and the cars were coasting onto pit road, Busch bumped into Newman's car, which was directly in front of Busch.

"It's easy to say that Kurt blew a fuse again," Newman told SI.com's Dustin Long afterward. "I think the chemical imbalance speaks for itself. Kurt drilled me in pit lane and said that he was taking his helmet off and he didn't see where he was going.

"I'm pretty sure there were 42 other guys that are taking their helmets off and doing whatever for the last 10 years, and that's the first time that's happened to me. Circumstances, I think, are he lied and was so frustrated that he doesn't know how to deal with his anger."

Members of Newman's crew were furious with Busch about the earlier pit road incident, and the two teams had a shoving match after the race.

That's boys being boys after a tough night racing on the Lady in Black, but the more serious issue is Busch possibly endangering crew members and race officials while leaving the pits.

NASCAR officials will review the incident before determining whether any penalties are forthcoming.

Newman and Busch were teammates at Penske Racing. Busch even pushed Newman to victory on the last lap of the 2008 Daytona 500.

Busch didn't speak with reporters after the race. His publicist said Monday that Busch has a full schedule this week, but he plans to address the issue on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newman was asked Saturday night whether he is concerned about Busch. "Everybody has been for the last 10 years," Newman said. "He's proven that. When you can't keep a job, it's pretty obvious."

Busch, the 2004 Cup champion, is one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR. But he lost his ride at Penske after last season because of his anger issues and his constant berating of his pit crew.

He was hired by the underfunded Phoenix Racing team in what almost everyone saw as a transition year to prove he could play nice and get along with others.

If so, he likely would land a ride with a top team in 2013. Saturday was a major step backward if he hopes to reach that goal.

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Nationwide Series: 'Heartbreaking' race for Sadler

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Sadler, the man who had everything to gain but was wrecked by the guy who had nothing to lose.

That sums up what happened near the end of the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night when Joey Logano aggressively bump-drafted Sadler on a late restart when Sadler was leading the race.

Sadler is trying to win a championship. Logano is a Cup driver just trying to win the race, which he did. Sadler finished 24th after Logano punted him into the wall.

"It's just a shame, man," Sadler told ESPN as he walked back to his hauler. "You just don't bump-draft every place you go, especially not at a place like Darlington. I'm just out here fighting for my life to be a part of this sport. It's heartbreaking."

And that was it. Sadler handled his unhappy moment without losing his composure.

Logano apologized and clearly didn't intentionally wreck Sadler. But this is a sad result of two drivers on different agendas.

Cup regulars should be a little more aware of what's at stake for the Nationwide championship drivers in a situation like the one that occurred Friday.

Sadler could have won the race and left Darlington as the season points leader. But he's now 23 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the standings.

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Camping World Truck Series: Gearing up for Charlotte

The Camping World Truck Series was off but returns to the track for its fifth race of the season Friday night at Charlotte.

Timothy Peters leads the standings thanks to four consecutive top-5s to start the season. Peters has a four-point lead over James Buescher and is 11 points ahead of Justin Lofton. Rookie Ty Dillon, who has four top-10s, is fourth, 14 points behind Peters.

Terry Blount is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He is the author of "The Blount Report: NASCAR's Most Overrated and Underrated Drivers, Cars, Teams, and Tracks." He can be reached at terry@blountspeak.com.

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