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NASCAR definitely had some memorable and crazy moments during the 2017 season, but aside from photo finishes, massive wrecks and a major retirement, one particular thing stands out.
And it’s the perfect racing Throwback Thursday this week.
Last year following the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch forcefully walked over to Joey Logano and took a swing at him.
Despite plenty of arguments, it was the Cup Series’ only real fight last season. Diehard NASCAR fans surely remember it, but because it was the third race of 36, it might be easy for a casual viewer to forget.
The date of the race – Las Vegas’ only one on the schedule at the time – was March 12, but this year, NASCAR’s first event at the 1.5-mile track is Sunday’s Pennzoil 400. (The Cup Series added a second Vegas race – the first playoff race in September – to the lineup this year.)
Need a refresher on why Busch was furious enough to throw a punch at Logano?
Long story short, the pair was battling for third on the last lap of the race when their cars made contact. Busch spun out and put the blame on Logano, who ended up finishing fourth. Martin Truex Jr. won.
Logano maintains that Busch’s fist never actually made contact with him and he only really fought with the No. 22 Ford’s pit crew. Busch walked away with blood dripping from his forehead.
Via USA TODAY Sports, Logano explained after the fight:
“He tried to pin me hard down there into the corner. I was going to spin out, so I tried to chase it up. And he was there. It was nothing intentional, but obviously he thinks that.”
Going into this weekend’s race at the Las Vegas track, it’s hard to imagine either driver has forgotten about this incident. We’ll just have to wait and see if the rivals’ history there repeats itself.