Kurt Busch, Penske smooth it over
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kurt Busch said Friday he and team owner Roger Penske are on good terms after engaging in a heated radio conversation during the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Va., last weekend.
Busch started the Goody's 500 second and finished 18th.
"Roger and I are on the same page and that's behind us," Busch said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. "I have the utmost respect for him. But in the heat of the battle, sometimes things are said that aren't exactly the right thing to say."
The radio exchange happened after a pit stop adjustment that Busch believed hurt the performance of the No. 2 Dodge.
Busch: "That's was a stupid adjustment. I hope we're proud of that run. Our day is about shot now."
Penske: "Just do your best here and you're gonna be fine, OK?"
Busch: "There's no way we can compete when all we're doing is holding on to a track position that was given to us. It's the most frustrating thing in the world for you to think we're better than we are."
Penske: "If you didn't blow yourself up we'd be a lot better, I'll tell you that right now. All we hear is a bunch of stuff on the radio. So let's get serious here, you understand?"
Busch: "10-4, Dude, 10-4. Roger, we don't make any good adjustments during the race. If we started 39th, we'd be three laps down. Do you understand that?"
Penske: "I don't understand your thinking if you want to know the truth. We don't need a lot of rhetoric that's always negative. I know it's not perfect."
Busch said Friday that he didn't convey his message in the proper way.
"We do need to work on our short-track program if we want to be a contender down the stretch," Busch said. "That's all I was trying to imply."
Busch also feels it's wrong for the public to have access to radio conversations between a driver and his team.
"I've always thought the radio was just a team tool that should be utilized only by the team," Busch said. "You don't hear what the coach says to his offensive and defensive coordinators in the NFL. We don't get to hear what they say in baseball when they call to the bullpen, and we don't hear in the huddle [of a football game], and that's usually pretty animated."
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com.