A last lap wreck between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano caused Busch to be more heated than the Nevada desert, leading him to storm down pit road and land the first of many punches in a pit road brawl.
Both Busch and Logano ran in the top-10 for much of the race, but Busch faced more challenges.
Near the midpoint of the race, Busch got caught speeding on pit road under green and had to do a pass through penalty. He fell one lap down, but after running lap times faster than the leader, he worked his way into the free pass position and earned his lap back with a caution on lap 153.
A caution with 14 laps to go cranked tensions on high for the finish. The leaders took the green flag with eight laps remaining.
Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race all day and lined up side-by-side on the front row for the final dash to the finish.
Keselowski took the lead, but something in his car broke and he lost his brakes. Truex captured the lead with two laps to go and Keselowski started dropping through the field.
It was here where tempers started to boil.
As Keselowski was dropping through the field, Logano, his Team Penske teammate, and Busch were side-by-side down the backstretch for third. They approached Keselowski, and Busch went three wide, dove to his left and clipped Logano as he passed the No. 2.
Logano then drove deep into the corner to compensate for what he lost. However, he drove in too hard and lost control of the car, sliding into Busch on the exit of Turn 4 and sent the No. 18 spinning down pit road as they headed for the finish line.
Busch did not take what happened lightly. After the drivers exited their cars, Busch found Logano’s No. 22 car, walked up to him and nailed him with a right-hander to the jaw.
Logano tried to respond, but his crew took Busch to the ground and a melee ensued. Busch left the incident bleeding from his forehead.
NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck captured the fight in its entirety:
Busch said little post-race, but he took no blame for the incident and vowed retaliation.
“I got dumped,” he said. “Flat out drove straight into the corner and wrecked me. That’s how Joey races, so he’s going to get it.”
Logano interpreted the incident as “hard racing” and said the wreck was not on purpose.
“We were just racing hard there at the end,” he said. “I was underneath him on the backstretch and he tried to crash me into the corner getting underneath Brad there and at that point I was just trying get through the corner. I was sideways all the way through and got into him. Nothing intentional. I understand his frustration, he crashed.”
As for the fight, Logano said he took no punches and was unhappy with the way Busch handled the situation.
“You see him coming. He’s wearing the same color suit as me,” Logano said. “There wasn’t much talking, there was a lot of swinging. I don’t know. I was racing hard there at the end with our Pennzoil Ford. Kyle and I usually race really well together. … It obviously wasn’t anything intentional, but obviously he thinks that, so, I don’t know, we’ll get by.
“I don’t run from conflict. You just talk about it, but he wasn’t in a talking mood. He was in a fighting mood, I guess. I don’t know. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don’t have to fight, but whatever.”
If the sanctioning body decides to fine Busch or Logano’s crew members for the scuffle, it is expected to be released on Tuesday.
Zach Horrall is a NASCAR reporter for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by NASCAR and has full media access. Follow @ZHorrallBU and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.