Keselowski prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint
All-Star auto race in Concord, N.C., on Friday.
N.C. - Recent fatherhood has not mellowed the competitive
hearts of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski on the race track.
still contentious blood brothers. Might as well stitch
“Hatfield” or “McCoy” on each’s firesuit.
of a Kumbaya moment was hijacked during a press conference
on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway when Busch was
asked, “Can you see a time down the road where your son
and Brad Keselowski’s daughter go to the prom together?”
it’s the MRO prom, they probably won’t go to the same
school together just based off where I think Brad lives and
where we live,” Busch said. “We obviously don’t have a
relationship and may or may not ever, but that’s to be
seen down the road. We live two completely different lives
right now and we’ll take care of our son the best we can
and put him in the best situations we can.”
the punch line:
he for some reason he feels like he needs to go chase down
Brad’s daughter, then have at it, bud.”
and Keselowski are the salt and pepper of NASCAR, sprinkling
their rivalry with a contentious afterbite. Keselowski and
Busch never have been friendly on the track, with an
incident at Kansas Speedway in 2013 when Busch tapped
Keselowski’s car and spun him out near the end of a
another moment awaits Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600.
Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford will start sixth. Busch, making
his first points-race start after suffering significant leg
injuries in February in a Xfinity race crash, starts 17th in
his No. 18 Toyota.
noted, the two don’t chat. Never bother with any
perfunctory small talk. It’s been that ways for years,
ever since Kansas, as Keselowski explained in an expansive
blog about the relationship, which he wrote in March:
day before driver introductions [in Kansas], I tried to
approach Kyle, but he wouldn’t talk to me. So I walked
right up to him anyway and said, ‘I hope you’re looking
forward to next the four or five weeks.’ Then I explained,
in so many words, that I was going to make things hard on
him for the rest of the season.
our last real interaction.”
respond to the blog post, saying he didn’t recall any of
the incidents Keselowski described in detail and brushing
off others to Keselowski “making an ass of himself.”
their contentious rivalry, they now share the joys of
fatherhood. Kyle’s wife Samantha gave birth to son Brexton
on Monday night. Keselowski’s girlfriend, Paige White,
gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, on
whole new world right now for sure,” Busch said.
But in some
ways, things have stayed the same. Predictably, there has
radio silence between the two on the Internet since the
I imagine both of us will kind of open our eyes, and realize
that there’s really no need for everything that has and
hasn’t happened between the two of us,” Keselowski
wrote. “I’ve had moments where I’ve been jealous of
him. Maybe he’s had the same kinds of moments about me —
I don’t know. But hopefully, one day, we’ll be able to
get along. When it comes to racing, it seems like we have
too much in common not to. I just have to believe that
eventually, we’ll get past everything that we’ve been
through, and get to someplace better.
looking for ways to get there. Maybe this is one of them.”
start your engines — and your tempers — Sunday night.