Busch's view was different: "He came off the turn and did a jab to me left; I did a jab back to the right," he said. "If we watch the tape, we'll see that the #48 swerved into us first and I know that before even watching the tape.
"If a five-time champion doesn't know how to race, forgive me," he said after the pit road row, which appears to have reopened wounds from last year when the two had multiple clashes throughout the season - including the #48 wrecking the #22 at Pocono. "I raced him hard. I raced him smart. I raced him clean. And he wants to come over here and bitch about it."
Busch's temper was still fiery when he faced the press afterwards - and found the questions dominated not about the racing but about the post-race clash with Johnson. "You wonder why we don't [race hard]?" he responded to one journalist's enquiry. "Because we have to come in here and answer ... questions like this."
Earlier, Busch's parting shot as Johnson walked away was to yell, "You can't stand losing, can you?" - and Johnson said this was at least one thing that they could agree on.
"No I can't," Johnson responded. "I hate losing ... But that wasn't the deal today. That wasn't it."