Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently revealed a feud with his former teammate in Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Busch.
Earnhardt Jr.’s relationship with Busch was not very good from the beginning when the latter joined HMS. They had a rivalry that extended off the track that led to a breaking point.
Their off-field bitterness led resulted in a clash during the Richmond spring race. But after a practice run at Phoenix Raceway in 2014, the feud reaching its height.
Earnhardt Jr. revealed this feud in a recent interview on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast where he threatened Busch to rip his head off.
“So the practice ends, I am debriefing my team, and I am frustrated with my car and it’s been a bad season,” Earnhardt recalled. “I am gonna go to my hauler, and I see his hauler and I am like, ‘I am going in there, and if he’s in there, I am going to confront him about it.
“I walked up into his hauler, which is an 18-wheeler trailer, and you walk to the very front of the trailer, and there is a lounge. In the lounge is Kyle and his crew chief. I know his crew chief very well and I said, ‘Kyle, if you ever flip me off again, I am going to rip your head off. I am going to kill you and beat the hell out of you.’ I said everything I could say at that moment. I never do that. It was out of character for me. I was at a point where I needed to tell this guy to knock it off.”
However, looking back at it now, Earnhardt Jr. is happy that the feud didn’t get physical.
“I didn’t want anything to happen where it would have gotten physical,” he said. “It would have probably easily gotten that way. It’s good that nothing happened where it became physical.”