Kyle Busch explains his post-race actions at Darlington

Nick Bromberg

By now, you probably know about what happened on pit road between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick after Saturday night's Showtime Southern 500. That confrontation was precipitated by contact instigated by both drivers, first when Harvick bumped Busch in Turns 1 and 2 and then when Busch spun Harvick after the two made contact that caused Clint Bowyer to smash the inside wall.

After the race, Busch explained why it looked like he and Harvick played a prolonged game of chicken and why he said he couldn't go in reverse when Harvick got out and approached him.

"After the race I was just kind of cooling down and talking to Dave [Rogers, crew chief] on the radio about that I wanted to talk to him in the hauler about something and I see the [Kevin] Harvick car — the 29 come up flying up on my inside through three and four," Busch explained.

"Instead of going to pit road I thought he was going to force me into the inside of the pit road wall so I gave myself a little bit of room and turned up to go back up onto the race track like I would for another cool down lap and he followed me. When he pulled up next to me, I tried to back up. I put my car in reverse and tried to back up and I blew reverse out of the transmission. I tried to back up too fast and the transmission gears are so light that they can't take that kind of abuse. Blew reverse out so then I had to pull forward and kind of do a U-turn to get back to pit road.

"I was just trying to get away from the situation with Harvick and unfortunately he got to pit road before me so I pulled in behind him. He let the 47 [of Bobby Labonte] go, but I knew if I tried to turn left or right he was going to run into me or block me or something. I just stayed behind him, I was just going to sit there, not worry about it and let him cool his head for a second and let him figure out that we just need to go back to the garage area. Instead of him doing that, he wanted to get out of his car I guess and wanted to fight. I knew that wasn't going to be a good situation and when I saw him getting out of his car, I knew it wasn't going to be a good situation.

"My choices were limited, I was either going to get punched in the face and then wait for Harvick to get back in his car for me to go or just drive through his car and push it out of the way so I could get out of there and try not to get hit or anything like that. I made a judgment call there and it wasn't one of the best choices that I had, but I pushed his car out of the way on pit road and unfortunately there was men walking down pit road. I hate it that somebody could have gotten hurt, but I was just trying to get away from it and get back to my hauler and go on with my own business."

So do you buy Busch's thought process or would you have wanted to see them confront each other outside the car? Drop us a line in the comments. (And we're 99% sure you'll choose the latter)