SPARTA, Kentucky — When it comes to racing etiquette, the rules of conduct vary from driver to driver.

Following Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s faux pas at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, which eliminated Kyle Busch and five other competitors from the field, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was expecting an apology.

But the call never came.

“I am disappointed that he did not (call),” Busch said at Kentucky Speedway on Friday in [...]

SPARTA, Kentucky — When it comes to racing etiquette, the rules of conduct vary from driver to driver.

Following Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s faux pas at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, which eliminated Kyle Busch and five other competitors from the field, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was expecting an apology.

But the call never came.

“I am disappointed that he did not (call),” Busch said at Kentucky Speedway on Friday in advance of Saturday’s Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m., NBCSN). “You wipe out half the field and pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him, but there wasn’t, so apparently he just doesn’t care.”

Stenhouse, who is currently 16th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings, was the defending winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. He won the first two stages but was collected in a wreck with Kyle Larson in the closing stages of the race.

“We definitely brought what I feel like was the best car in the field,” Stenhouse said. “Winning two stages was nice but obviously we wanted to win at the end because that would get us into the playoffs. I was frustrated with myself causing crashes like that. It was definitely a bummer of a night.”

The night was worse for Busch, who finished 33rd after completing just 64 laps. Will he approach racing Stenhouse differently in the future?

“I can’t — I can’t worry about people that far back in the field,” Busch replied.

 

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