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    NASCAR rivals Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kyle Busch fight after delayed All-Star race

    NASCAR rivals Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kyle Busch threw punches after the former was taken out by the latter on lap two of the All-Star race.


    Action off the track got just as heated as it had been on it at the NASCAR All-Star race on Sunday night, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr throwing a punch at Kyle Busch in the pits.

    It was a dish served cold for Stenhouse, who waited 198 laps after being forced into the wall on the second lap of the race.

    Stenhouse had bumped Busch on the first lap, with Busch retaliating a corner later, spinning Stenhouse around and knocking him out the race.

    "To be honest with you … he didn't run him high," the Fox Sport commentator Clint Bowyer said.

    "Stenhouse went for a hole right there, and he didn't do anything wrong right there," added Kevin Harvick. 

    "They had contact up off the corner but he was well past him on the middle lane."

    Stenhouse limped back into the pits — and parked in Busch's pit box as a show of defiance — before walking up to Busch's crew chief, Randall Burnett, to have a word.

    Burnett simply shrugged, but that was never going to be enough for Stenhouse, who was forced to wait in the infield until the race concluded due to the North Wilkesboro track not having a way for people to get out while the race is going on.

    The pair had an animated conversation when they did meet, which led to 36-year-old Stenhouse throwing a punch that sparked a between their crew members.

    Stenhouse told AP afterwards that he was tired of Busch "running his mouth talking about me" after he had wrecked him at Daytona in the past.

    "I know he is frustrated because he doesn't run as well as he used to," Stenhouse said.

    The race, an exhibition worth $1 million to the victor, was won by Joey Logano, his second All Star title following his success in 2016.

    The action had been delayed for 16 minutes by host broadcaster Fox to allow three-time winner Kyle Larson time to travel to the track after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day.

    Larson stunned the American motor racing world by qualifying fifth for the historic Indianapolis 500 in an open wheeler McLaren, averaging 232.846 miles per hour (374.729kph) for his four-lap stint in the top-six shootout for the race next weekend.

    New Zealand's former Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin topped the charts to set a pole qualifying record at 234.220mph (376.941), with Australian Will Power in second spot.

    "Qualifying went a lot better than I ever could have hoped or anticipated," Larson said, who will try to become the second driver to complete "The Double" on May 26 by running every lap of the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

    "Just a great team, really," he added, "and they prepared an awesome race car that stuck to the race track that also has speed."

    Larson arrived in North Carolina for his NASCAR race roughly three hours after climbing out of his Indycar.

    The 31-year-old got a helicopter to a nearby airfield, where a private jet whisked him the 800km south west to North Wilkesboro, where another helicopter transported him to the racetrack.


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