It was a first time Busch had ever done so in his career. And the reason why was a special one, citing the fact that it was the 10th anniversary of his infamous run-in with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Richmond in 2008 — a topic that was the highlight of Junior’s podcast earlier in the week.
“It was the 10-year anniversary of you know what and I was wondering if I’d come out alive,” said Busch in his post-race press conference.
Busch noticed a difference among those who greeted him at the fence on the frontstretch, a change of pace for a driver who is generally used to getting more boos than applause after a race victory.
“I think it certainly was different tonight,” Busch added. “I saw a lot of yellow there at the front fence line. I saw a little bit of black, which was the championship jacket from our season back in ’15.
“Don’t worry, I was definitely eyeing it out, like who’s there, who’s there, who’s there.”
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