Kyle Busch repentant, Mears uninterested

Casey Mears just doesn't give a good hot damn that Kyle Busch wants to apologize after an incident under the red flag at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch was under the impression that Mears caused an earlier incident that took Busch out of...

Casey Mears just doesn't give a good hot damn that Kyle Busch wants to apologize after an incident under the red flag at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch was under the impression that Mears caused an earlier incident that took Busch out of the race for 40-some laps.

When Busch returned to the race track he took out his revenge on Mears by bumping him under the red flag. A no-no in NASCAR-land. The sanctioning body sat Busch for five laps and further penalties were expected, but alas NASCAR let it rest.

"I don't care enough about him to make a comment," said Mears. "I really don't care. I really don't. Should he get penalized when other guys have gotten penalized for things like that (bumping the 42 under red flag at Phoenix). Should they be consistent? Yeah. Do I care if he gets penalized? No. I guess I don't care enough about him to care what they do to him. The guy is really fast and he's got a lot of talent, but he really does a lot of stupid stuff.

"It's across the board, the feeling throughout the garage. When he grows up, he's going to be a real good racecar driver. Right now, he's got a lot of talent on the track but makes a lot of stupid mistakes. When he realizes that, and someday he will, he'll be really good. Right now, he's the guy who makes a lot of bad mistakes. Stuff like that happens, but at the end of the day whatever NASCAR does I don't care enough to comment, but I guess I already did.

"I haven't talked to him, and even if he did call, I know that he'd call and apologize because a lot of people told him he should call and apologize, not because he really wants to. I'm glad he didn't because I wouldn't have taken it as a true apology anyway."

Busch tried to explain the incident, but Busch's rep in the garage isn't worth much these days. He has ticked off numerous drivers and gained a label of being a 'weapon on the racetrack'.

"The biggest deal from last week was it was hard racing between myself and (Casey) Mears," explained Busch. "I came down on him a little bit and we ended up cutting my left rear tire and I ended up spinning out. Before looking at the tape or realizing anything that had happened and totally taking the full incident into account, I took it under my own ambitions to retaliate which is the wrong thing to do. I let my emotions get the best of me at that point and it was the wrong thing to do.

"I owe Casey and Chip Ganassi an apology for all that and NASCAR too for not respecting the red flag and the safety of all the other competitors out there as well too. You take lessons that you learn by doing them. It's hard to teach somebody something without them having to go through that specific ordeal themselves." The younger Busch, however, has made no attempt to apologize to Mears, "I have not talked to Casey. I've tried to talk to Casey. I left a message with Brian Vickers, who is a very close friend of his and mine, to give him my phone number and I haven't heard back from him. I don't have his phone number and I don't like getting people's phone numbers from somebody to call them. I'd rather give my number out because I think that's the more civil way of doing it."

It's probably pretty unrealistic of Busch to think that Mears would call him to get the apology which is dually owed to him. One thing is for certain these two won't be working together in the draft on Sunday.

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