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Busch kind of did that earlier Friday when he said Raikkonen could not race for KBM next week because his team was not licensed in the Nationwide Series. Asked again after Friday night’s race, he admitted there’s a car at his shop.

“I didn’t lie,” he insisted. “I don’t own the car.”

Busch wouldn’t say he owns the car, but said it isn’t listed to Joe Gibbs Racing, his wife or his parents.

The race was marred by 10 cautions, which Raikkonen said slowed his rhythm. Busch also regretted how it affected a race that had international interest.

“I hate the way it looked with it broadcast in so many countries for Kimi’s debut,” Busch said.

The pairing of Busch and Raikkonen happened in March, when an agent called officials at KBM to see if it could field a truck for someone else this season. The agent would not reveal the driver, so KBM officials could do nothing more than go over the costs that would need to be covered to field another entry.

Representatives for Raikkonen called back later, revealed it was the Finn who wanted a seat, and asked for a ride at Charlotte. It took some negotiating for Busch to make Charlotte happen, but Raikkonen was in his No. 15 on Friday night.

Raikkonen offered no details in what his long-term plans will be, and indicated it’s not that uncommon for him to be unsure of his plans. He said he didn’t even decide to do the WRCC series until January.

“I don’t have big plans. I don’t have any plans for next year or anything of what I do,” he said before the race. “I see how it is because I didn’t have any expectations when I came here. It’s a bit like when I went to rally _ I didn’t have much expectation, I wanted to see how it is.

“It’s the same story here. For sure, it’s a different sport. Different type of racing than what we have in Europe. It’s very popular here and maybe it looks easy, but it’s not so easy to be fast. We’ll see how it goes and what the future will bring. We go step by step and see what happens.”