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2011-11-07 10:55

VEHICULAR MADNESS: Hot-headed driver Kyle Busch shows Ron Hornaday how he treats those who have wronged him - by ramming his truck into the back of Hornaday's racer.

Despite consisting mainly of left turns on an oval track, there are two reasons to watch Nascar: powerful customised vehicles and high-speed crashes. They’re made even more spectacular when combined with the hot-headed attitude of borderline crazy drivers.

Irate drivers in South Africa are in road-rage kindergarten compared to this Nascar truck race and two squabbling drivers’ attempts at conflict resolution.

Driver Kyle Busch rammed championship contender Ron Hornaday into a wall during the World Casino Nascar truck (we in SA call them bakkies) race, this after an earlier scuffle during the race.

Busch has had a series of crashes throughout 2011 and is known for his hot-headed attitude both on and off the track. After the race, Busch was penalised and suspended for the duration of the race weekend though he was heard saying: "I ain't even mad."

Nascar president Mike Helton commented on Busch’s penalty. "The fact that we took this step speaks of the severity of the topic. We understand the ripple effect in this type of move but we are very serious about maintaining control of the event.”

So, while they were "maintaining control", Busch was clearly gunning for Hornaday and obvioulsy out of (mental) control. He eventually rammed his truck causing the championship contender to drive into the circuit wall.


Hornaday said that he didn't have anywhere to go and that the crash could’ve been much worse.

"This is just stupid," he spat. "He knew what I was going for, he knew I was there. He had to lift,  too. If I'd lifted I'd probably have gotten in the back of the slower car and would have caused a big wreck. He just drove me in the fence."
Busch had a slightly different story...

"If I just lay over and give up everything for Ron Hornaday, that's not Kyle Busch's fashion. I'm out here to win a race just as much as anyone else is, and when he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up into the fence, I ended up losing my cool. I've been wrecked four weeks in a row and I finally just had enough of it.

“I'm sorry it's Ron Hornaday and he's going after a championship but the fact of the matter is, you can't place all blame on one person. There's two people that got into it to begin with and there's two people that ended it."

While we admire his determination, it’s hard to take a guy who refers to himself in the third person seriously. Also, despite the earlier scuffle in the race, stating that both drivers are to blame is ludicrous.

Watch the video below:
Check out the blatant shove at 0:34

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