Hornaday, tied for third in the points standings heading into Friday night’s race, raced underneath Busch for second position heading into turn one. Hornaday moved slightly up the track to avoid a slower lapped truck, forcing him into Busch’s No. 18 truck.
Both drivers slid up the track and brushed the outside wall in turn two to bring out the first caution of the night. An unhappy Busch set his sights on the No. 33 truck, immediately chasing down Hornaday and ultimately retaliating.
Busch turned the 50 year old veteran directly into the outside wall going at an upwards of 120+ mph, sending himself sideways in the process.
“Obviously if you make it a three-wide situation, I can’t go up in the dirt,” said Busch in an interview with SPEED. “I’m already on the outside lane, there’s not three lanes out there, it’s the truck race. It’s the first race of the weekend.
“If I just lay over and give up everything for Hornaday, that’s not Kyle Busch’s fashion. I’m out here to win a race just as much as anybody else is. When he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up to the fence, I ended up losing my cool.”
Hornaday entered the race just 15 points behind points leader Austin Dillon, but is now virtually eliminated from the championship chase with just Homestead remaining.
“He knows I’m going for a points champions,” said a very unhappy Hornaday. “This is just stupid. He knew what I was going for, he knew I was there. He had to lift too. If I would have lifted, I would have hit the slower truck and it would have caused a big wreck.
He just drove me in the fence and ruined a perfectly good racecar.”