Austin Dillon beat Kyle Busch by 0.835 seconds in the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday — a frustrating loss for Busch who didn’t hide his emotions after the race.
A reporter asked what he thought about Dillon’s first win and if he was surprised Dillon had made it to the checkered flag.
“I’m not surprised about anything. Congratulations.”
Then, he dropped threw the mic down.
While of course there were shouts about sportsmanship on Twitter, Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that he didn’t mind Busch’s response at all.
Though of course added in a congratulations tweet to Dillon.
As Sporting News pointed out, Busch had much more to say on pit row before the surly response in the media center:
“This M&M’s Camry was awesome tonight. It was just super fast,” Busch told reporters. “I mean we had one of the fastest cars all night long and then the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was probably the fastest car.
“There at the end, somehow we ran him down. You know he got a straightaway out on us, but there that last 100 laps we were able to get back to him and pass him so you know that was promising for us there at the end in order to get a second-place finish, but man just so so disappointed. I don’t know. We ran our own race. We did what we needed to do and it wasn’t the right game. We come up short and finish second.
“Our guys did a great job — Adam Stevens (crew chief) and everybody brought me a really fast car,” he said. “Best car I’ve ever had at Charlotte and you know, for as far as Truex got out there towards the end, that last stint, I was surprised I could close back in on him and get him there at the end in order to finish second.
“I don’t know. It’s a frustrating night, man. I am so so disappointed. I don’t know. There’s nothing we could’ve done different. We just ran our own race and did what we needed to do for what we had going on and come up short.”