Kyle Busch has explained his comments about fellow driver Ryan Newman following the Camping RV Sales 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The 28-year-old blamed frustration for his reaction to Newman's racing style.
He also said that his outburst was not related to a three-car incident that involved Newman, his older brother Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Busch, who finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event behind Brian Vickers, called Newman: "the biggest, stupid idiot out here and he’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants ‘cause he can probably kick anybody’s butts. No sense in getting in a fight with him. But glad he’s out of a job.”
But he did apologise for his actions by tweeting: "sorry for how I feel in those moments, but (I) could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone’s livelihood went too far.”
He went on to justify his later statements, claiming he did not blame Newman for the racing incident.
Busch tweeted: “I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time in an interview following the race in Loudon. The first was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked.
“First I answered the Kurt part. He was fast... Great to see them running well... Was a shame to see him crashed... Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn't see it and I still haven't seen it. “My second answer came from being upset over an incident I had with RN on the track during the race. I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer. “I was upset because I felt RN raced me poorly, making contact and causing damage to my RF fender that affected the handling on my race car. This isn't the first time that I've been raced poorly by RN either, which added to my frustration. All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt.”
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