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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't call Kyle Busch because Busch was 'running his mouth'

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said he didn’t contact Kyle Busch this week because of Busch’s reaction after he crashed off Stenhouse’s bumper at Daytona.

Busch went into the wall and other cars got taken out when Stenhouse hit Busch as the two were racing up front in stage 2 of Saturday night’s race. Busch said Friday that he was disappointed he hadn’t heard from Stenhouse during the week and didn’t have time to concern himself with drivers who he typically doesn’t race around during a race weekend.

Stenhouse stopped by Busch’s car during a break in qualifying on Friday and told NBC that he explained to Busch why he didn’t call him after Saturday night’s race.

“I felt like he ran his mouth enough on his radio and after the race that I didn’t really have anything to say to him,” Stenhouse said. “And I honestly feel like — that I usually reach out to people after I make mistakes and I clearly made a mistake. But with him running his mouth I felt that I don’t really need to call him.”

“So I just let him know that. I told him hey you’re right, you do run a lot further up front but pick and choose your battles wisely because you will have to deal with me sometime whether you’re lapping me or we get our cars better and we’re up there racing with you. So I told him if he wants to keep running his mouth, come over and do it around me and I’ll stop it for myself.”

This doesn’t seem like a feud that’s going to linger unless Busch and Stenhouse find themselves racing in close quarters again sometime soon. They probably won’t, but you can never say never in NASCAR. At least Stenhouse’s response to Busch’s verbal volleys was entertaining.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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