A top-five comeback fit for a king Sunday night was ended by a driver Kyle Busch didn’t think was worthy of sharing the racetrack with him.
But Busch finished a lap down in 19th after running into Garrett Smithley, whose No. 52 Ford finished 12 laps down in 35th.
"I was told he was going to go high," Busch said in a postrace interview with Parker Kligerman on NBCSN. "I thought he was going to go high. He went middle because I thought he was going to go high. Killed our day. I don’t know. Should have run fourth probably. Instead 19th."
Smithley was making his 12th start in the Cup series. He has one top five in 133 starts across the Xfinity and truck series, and Busch questioned his credentials for running in NASCAR’s premier series.
"We’re at the top echelon of motorsports, and we’ve got guys who have never won Late Model races running on the racetrack," Busch said. "It’s pathetic. They don’t know where to go. What else do you do?"
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Caught up with Gase and Smithley in the garage after their late-race run-ins with Kyle Busch. Their response to hearing that Busch was critical of them:
— Zack Albert (@zack_albert) September 16, 2019
Held my line…2 cars got around ????? https://t.co/pZCRb4uFay
— Garrett Smithley (@GarrettSmithley) September 16, 2019