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NASCAR NOTES: Busch ends JGR drought in California

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Fontana, California - RNN -

Kyle Busch broke a 31-race Cup Series winless streak with his victory in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon and gave Joe Gibbs Racing its first win at the Fontana, CA, track.

However, it was the flaring tempers that occurred in the closing laps that is capturing all the attention.

"I did win the race today, by the way, so that might be a story," said the race winner. "But I'm sure it's not."

Busch is referring to the last lap accident between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Both drivers crashed in the final corner while racing for the win, which escalated the feud between the two former teammates.

Hamlin was transported to a local hospital for evaluation stemming from his injuries while Logano dealt with the angry crews in the garage area.

"Those guys went to racing each other really hard, which is what this sport is all about and what's great about NASCAR," observed Busch on his view of the incident. "They got together a little bit, and then it turned Denny sideways and then somehow Joey got into the fence, too."

The battle between the two leaders allowed Busch to overtake them in the final corner for the win.

"They had no clue that I'm coming," said Busch about his winning move. "They were so focused in on one another that they just left the door open."

Logano not only had to deal with an angry Hamlin crew after the event, but an intense Tony Stewart as well.

Stewart was upset with how Logano blocked him on the final restart, which by many seemed to be a proper move at that point in the race.

"I had to throw the block there," said Logano after the altercation on pit road with Stewart. "That was a race for the lead. I felt if the 14 got underneath me, that was going to be the end of my opportunity to win the race."

Of course, Stewart saw it a different way.

"He has the choice to do that. He's in control of his car," said Stewart of the incident. "If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don't care what lap it is, he won't make it through the other end of it."

With an off weekend ahead of them, Logano has some time to mend fences. Judging from the egos of the drivers involved, that could be a monumental task. In the mean time, Busch and his JRG teammates have a lot of time to celebrate their breakthrough win.

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