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USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Hembree discusses the top story lines at the midway point of the NASCAR season.
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Kyle Busch didn’t mince words Friday when asked about Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s aggressive style at the Coke Zero 400 last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch, atop the points standings and winner of five races this season, said Stenhouse didn’t reach out after contact between the two knocked Busch out of the Coke Zero Sugar 400, which disappointed him. 

“If you wipe out half the field, I’m pretty sure it’d be a pretty busy Monday for him,” Busch said in reference to whether Stenhouse should’ve called his fellow competitors. “But, it wasn’t. So, apparently, he just doesn’t care.” 

As to whether those actions in Daytona will have carryover this week, Busch made it clear where he stood.

“I can’t worry about people that far back in the field,” Busch said.

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Stenhouse Jr.’s Roush-Fenway Racing team said Friday they put last weekend behind them and their focus is on Kentucky this weekend.

In a Tuesday interview, team owner Jack Roush said he hoped other drivers didn’t carry forward any hard feelings this week.