The Frontstretch: Busch Drew the Line in "Boys, Have At It," But Why Did NASCAR Let It Get This Far? by Amy Henderson -- Saturday November 5, 2011

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Busch Drew the Line in "Boys, Have At It," But Why Did NASCAR Let It Get This Far?

Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Saturday November 5, 2011


NASCAR is a racing series built on rivalries. Even more than that, it is a sport that thrives on them. Through 62 years of competition, each individual era has been defined by these mano-e-mano, on-track boxing matches: Petty-Pearson, Allison-Yarborough, Yarborough-Waltrip, Wallace-Earnhardt, Earnhardt-Gordon… the list is long and storied, full of current and future Hall of Famers. Rivalries, when they are played the right way, have helped make the sport as popular as it is today.

But even with NASCAR’s “Boys, Have At It” policy, there is a line not to be crossed. During Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch crossed it when he deliberately wrecked Ron Hornaday, Jr. under caution.

Kyle Busch will be sitting on the sidelines for at least the rest of the weekend after Friday night’s intentional wreck of Ron Hornaday.

In case you missed the Truck race, here’s what happened: Hornaday and Busch were racing for position just 14 laps in when they came upon a lapped truck. As both went to its outside, Hornaday got loose and Busch didn’t give him much room to correct. Stuck in the middle, Hornaday slid up under Busch, and both drivers scraped the wall to draw a yellow. However, heading into Turn 3 the trucks had not slowed to caution speed when Busch got behind Hornaday and hit him several times, finally turning his own truck sideways in a blatant attempt to wreck the Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver.

He succeeded. Brute force and determination finally hooked the No. 33, sending Hornaday head-on into the retaining wall for an ugly wreck while Busch destroyed his own truck in the process.

NASCAR immediately parked Busch for the remainder of the night. And then, on Saturday morning, the sanctioning body dropped the bomb. NASCAR President Mike Helton said, simply, “NASCAR has decided to maintain that parked position on the driver of the No. 18 truck for the remainder of the weekend.”

That’s right. While the other eleven Chase contenders will race for the championship Sunday, or at least the best possible seat in Las Vegas, Busch will not be among them. Michael McDowell will replace him in the No. 18 M&M’s machine, killing any faint title chances left; Busch was 57 points off the lead coming to Texas. That may not be the only race missed, either, as Helton also did not rule out further penalties in the coming week. Joe Gibbs, Busch’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series car owner, could add additional repercussions as well. Saturday morning, while “taking responsibility” for the incident a humble Gibbs said that he still needed to meet with key people, including Busch’s sponsors, before making any decisions. M&M’s expressed their displeasure with Busch earlier in the season, and it remains to be seen how much more that they will put up with, especially given their family-friendly nature.

As it stands right now, Busch deserved everything he got. Whether or not the wreck was a deliberate attempt to retaliate against team owner Kevin Harvick, with whom Busch has had a long-simmering feud, or not, it was completely uncalled for. Anyone with eyes could see that Hornaday did not get into him deliberately; anyone with a brain understands the man was running for a championship. Busch’s statement afterward, summarizing that Hornaday should have known he’d get loose when they passed the lapped truck and backed out is ridiculous, but trademark entitlement. Busch is always quick to complain that someone else – never him – should have backed off and not raced him hard. At the same time, Busch is never the one to back out, the constant aggressor even when he should know better. Backing out, in his mind appears reserved to lesser drivers than him; even early in a race, even if it means a wreck.

It also wasn’t the first time that Busch has retaliated on a KHI driver under caution. At Bristol in August, Busch deliberately turned Elliott Sadler under yellow when Sadler cut across the nose of his truck. Sadler wasn’t driving for Harvick that day; he was diving for Joe Denette’s start-up operation. Busch wrecked his own truck in the incident and could not continue, regardless of whether NASCAR would have let him.

So there is a pattern of Busch going after Harvick’s team drivers after he and Harvick were told to stay away from each other after an incident at Richmond (though Harvick seemed to take the brunt of NASCAR’s wrath on that one). And the consequences for Busch’s innocent victim at Texas are far-reaching. This incident effectively ends a strong late bid for a fifth series title for Hornaday, who is looking for a ride for 2012. In an ironic twist, it also handed the owner’s title to Harvick’s No. 2 truck over Busch’s self-owned No. 18. Busch’s deliberate wrecking of Hornaday for an unintentional racing incident was far enough out of line as it is. But if it was done to keep Harvick, Hornaday’s owner, from competing for that title too that’s stooping to a level so low that justifies the outcry further. So much for that “new” Kyle Busch everyone was talking about this year.

There has been outcry over this incident. Many people wanted to see an even stiffer punishment: Busch parked for the remainder of the year. That would be a little too far, though the weekend is certainly not unprecedented and was completely appropriate under the circumstances. What Busch did was a slap in the face to his car owner, Joe Gibbs and his sponsors. He was given everything he needed to make a Sprint Cup championship bid, and threw it away to potentially get even with Harvick in a race he couldn’t even receive driver points for.

But is Busch solely to blame?

For this incident, he certainly is. But why was it allowed to even get to this point? That’s on NASCAR as well as on Busch. The “Boys, Have At It” policy that the sport has adopted, while it can be a positive when drivers use it for its original intent, had no clear line drawn between acceptable and not. NASCAR took the stance that they would evaluate each incident separately, something Helton said he understands can be frustrating for both fans and competitors. “As annoying as the comments that I’ve made personally in the past about ‘we’ll know it when we see it’ might have been, we saw it last night,” said Helton Saturday. And while Helton claimed that Busch’s cumulative record had only a small role in the decision, it had to be a part of it. The main reason for the penalty, of course is that it was done under caution and Busch hooked Hornaday in the corner, sending him head-on into the wall at what was still a relatively high rate of speed – remember, the pace car had not yet picked up the field.

“Boys, Have At It” has its good points. At Sonoma in June, for example, Tony Stewart took exception to Brian Vickers repeatedly blocking and spun him. Vickers later retaliated, punting Stewart into the tire barrier. And then it was over. Stewart even acknowledged that he had it coming, and the two went on with no festering ill will. That’s how it’s supposed to work, and it works well. I don’t like deliberate wrecking, especially at the bigger tracks, but sometimes a reminder of how to drive is necessary, and there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Stewart and Vickers did it the right way at Infineon Raceway; Busch did it wrong at Texas. He had no real beef with Hornaday; the real problem was with Hornaday’s truck owner, and destroying Hornaday’s championship hopes over an old argument with Harvick was flat wrong. Helton acknowledged that the points implications did play a small role in their decision to park Busch.

It’s good that NASCAR has drawn a clear line in the sand on the boys having at it, but the policy could well have led to Friday’s incident. Though Busch and Harvick were put on probation after Richmond in May, that only lasted four weeks and Harvick got a much sterner warning than Busch about the consequences of further actions. Busch was not punished for his deliberate turning of Sadler at Bristol, and other small incidents of rough driving have been allowed to slide as well. So, to an extent, it’s natural that Busch didn’t think that this time would be any different. NASCAR tolerated his actions before, even after warning the driver.

Busch could be really good for NASCAR, and the sanctioning body knows it. When he drives with respect for those around him, he’s a brilliant driver who’s a joy to watch in a Cup race. NASCAR wants that, and they want a bad boy, something the sport has been lacking since the death of Dale Earnhardt over a decade ago. So perhaps they have been a bit too lenient with Busch at times, allowing him to show disrespect for NASCAR and his competitors. They’re desperate to have that type of driver in the sport. It’s a bit like the parents of an insolent child, spoiling him just a little too much in an effort to help him be the best he can be, then realizing that he’s gone too far, broken too many rules and not being sure what to do next. So to some extent, even though the responsibility for Friday night is Busch’s, NASCAR shoulders some of the blame. They allowed Busch the illusion that his tactics have been acceptable in the past.

Unfortunately, Busch is no Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt had the respect of his competitors most of the time, and perhaps more importantly, to the fans he represented an everyman, one who loved racing so much he put his very soul into it and yes, ruffled feathers in the process. Busch doesn’t have that appeal. He’s exciting to watch in a racecar, but his air of spoiled entitlement is much harder to identify with on a personal level, and many fans don’t see the same level of hard work and earning his way up that Earnhardt had. Busch doesn’t have the same level of respect from his competitors, either. They are similar in their skill and aggression, for sure, but the comparison ends there.

Hopefully, Busch will learn from his choices on Friday night. It would be good for NASCAR to have a driver of his caliber if he’d work to race the right way and curb the attitude. It’s just that up to this point, NASCAR did him no favors by feeding and even rewarding this behavior. They can’t change the past, although this suspension is a good start; hopefully, they will not tolerate any such behavior in the future.

Because it’s time for Kyle Busch to grow up and act like the champion he could be. And it’s also time NASCAR stands up and makes him do it.

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11/05/2011 07:08 PM

I can find no redemptive value to “boys have at it”. The moment those words were uttered Nascar was hell bent on this kind of result. You just don’t take 43 testosterone-hyped drivers, some of whom are naturally volatile, put them on a track at speeds approaching 210 and expect anything other than this result.

Tony’s intentional wrecking of Vickers also wrecked Dale Jr. None of these situations work out cleanly. There is always collateral damage to cars with drivers racing clean. No driver should be allowed to affect another driver’s results just because they have a temper tantrum.

This situation never had to happen. When Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch were playing pocket pool with Keselowski in NW, penalties should have been assessed equaling the offense. It never was because Brad wasn’t a “star”. Then when Carl pitched the toddler fit at Atlanta, he should have been parked for at least one race. That didn’t happen either. This kind of insanity has only increased in severity. What Nascar has been thinking is beyond me. Some body has to be the adult, and it seems there are no adults in Nascar management. Millions of dollars in work and scrap metal have resulted. For what? Has the racing been that much better? The answer is an unequivacal NO. Have certain driver’s careers been affected? YES.

I’ve been a Nascar fan since the early seventies. I saw the rivalries you mention. As strange as it sounds, there was always a certain orderliness about them. When things really got out of hand, Bill France, Jr put a stop to it in blunt terms and by blunt force. Where this goes is anybodies guess. I’m not sure Nascar management has the fortitude to handle it correctly. You know…too afraid to make an owner, or a sponsor, or a driver mad. People have been saying Nascar needs to grow balls. I think they had better grow a backbone. THEY run this sport. Don’t wait for someone to tell you how. Just DO IT>

11/05/2011 08:02 PM

Busch is a piece of garbage. I’m a bit surprised NASCAR parked him for the weekend. I just wonder if they still would have done it if he was in the think of the Chase. I hope JGR cans him. Lets see how good he is if he has to run crap equipment every week. I wonder if that pretty wife of his will stay with him if he has to run in 30th place cars every week. Him and brother have that same arrogant “God’s gift to NASCAR attitude”.

11/05/2011 08:42 PM

Kyle is now available for some quality time with his wife, if she wants him around. Maybe he should go fishing (for fish).

11/06/2011 12:42 AM

I think,that the race announcers, have created, half of why kyle is like he is, because that is all they talk about, how great he is till i mute their mouth!his head is so big, because ,he hears all of them braging how great, he is ! the fans are sick of hearingtheir mouth!he deserves, whatever he gets! I will throw carl right in there with him! two of a kind!

11/06/2011 06:29 AM

I think Joe Gibbs has to take a part of the blame for this, too. He could have let Kyle know that the sort of behavior behind the wheel of his race car that he has shown all year (especially in the ‘lower’ series) would not be tolerated. After all, he controls who drives that car, and is responsible, to some extent, for his actions. Apparently those gentle reminders from him haven’t made much of an impression.

And Nascar contributed by letting Carl blatently wreck Brad K more than once.

connie moore
11/06/2011 06:49 AM

i too think kyle bushe a spoiled brat i do not like his attitude maybe thats why you r losing your hair jerk

Sharon J
11/06/2011 08:52 AM

I will not take up much space. I just want to agree with pepper and jojr.
Why was the bully Carl Edwards not penalized? And Bush deserved what he was penalized and his ego has been fed by the announcers. I also have to use the mute for the adoration of Bush by announcers.

Don mei
11/06/2011 09:17 AM

Pepper, you hit the nail right on the head. If NASCAR had any b**** they would appoint a Race Director or Chief Referee with the ABSOLUTE authority to immediately black flag any dangerous driving or to ban a driver from the next event. Our sport is turning into Rollerball and it has to stop.

11/06/2011 09:43 AM

Until nascrap bans fighting in the pits then it will happen on the track. and sooner or later someone innocent will get hurt!!. These sissy man drivers need to handle these things between themselves IN THE PITS so just the two of them are involved. That is the way it is handled all over the country at nascrap sanctioned tacks all across the country. Carl Edwards will get physical with you anytime Brain Fart takes off the cuffs. Until that time this on track stuff will continue for boys will be boys and WILL have at on track or off!!

11/06/2011 10:39 AM

Kyle Busch got what he deserved in fact he is lucky it did not happen back in the day. He would have literally gotten the snot knocked out him back then. NASCAR did the right thing and Gibbs should sit him out for rest of the season and should reconsider wanting him around next season. Mars candies should pull sponsorship from his team and take it elsewhere. NASCAR should do the same to other drivers who cross that line. No apology from Kyle at this point any or other time in the future will allow me to forgive him . He has been in this series long enough and been called to the trailer way too many times for knuckleheaded actions on the track. NASCAR does not need someone like Kyle in the series since there plenty of newer drivers these days who have a better respect for other drivers out there and deserve way more attention than Kyle Busch. Kyle has become nothing more than a black eye on Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR and will only continue to get worse even with his empty promises of beoming a more mature driver. As stated in Amy’s column M&M’s has already become disillusioned with Kyle. I am also tired of the press mentioning his name in the same sentence or article for that matter with Dale Earnhardt. Kyle can’t even light the match to hold the candle in that comparison if you all catch my drift.

11/06/2011 10:48 AM

Said it before, I’ll say it again. Kyle’s only mistake was not waiting for the green flag to rough up Hornaday. Had he done that, we’d be talking about ‘boys have at it’ and comparing his shot to Vickers’ hit on Kenseth last week. And… ole Kyle’d be racing today.

The Mad Man
11/06/2011 11:04 AM

I don’t think a weekend ban, docking of points, or a fine is enough. A full season or lifetime ban is needed to get the point across to these arrogant young punks that their actions of using a race vehicle as a weapon won’t be tolerated. In a lower series, a driver did something similar to what Kyle Busch did and was not only banned for life but also charged with attempted vehicular manslaughter by the local district attorney. I’d say NASCAR needs to get serious about this but they don’t have the testicular fortitude. They seem to be taking an attitude more like the Roman emperors did with the coliseums and gladiators. The more gore and maiming the better.

11/06/2011 11:06 AM

I think GRT is absolutely correct.

This is the penalty after what Carl Edwards attempted to kill Brad K?????? Come on Nascar… Just when I thought there was no way Nascar could further damage their credibility. And Joe Gibbs, pah… What a farce. I’m completely disgusted.

Bill B
11/06/2011 11:27 AM

I’ll agree with everyone that says Edwards should have been parked when he flipped Kesolowski and for that NASCAR is to blame.
But let’s not use that as an excuse or defense for why Kyle should not be parked. Kyle has been a self-centered prick since he first entered NASCAR ranks.
I’ll also add that Kyle has routinely raced in the two lower series with little respect for the regular drivers of those series.
I will predict one thing…. Joe Gibbs will do nothing that involves taking Kyle out of the car. We have seen time and time again that for all his talk about ethics and religion, Joe Gibbs is a businessman above all else. He will NOT park Kyle because it hurts his bottom line.

11/06/2011 12:03 PM

@ Bill B, I totally agree with what you wrote. Saves me from being redundant.
I emailed M&Ms yesterday to let them know that I haven’t bought or eaten their products since KyB’s been driving for them. The incident Friday night prompted the email. I just hope they have an escape clause in their contract so they don’t have to pay JGR to get out of it. So many respectful drivers are out there without sponsorship, M&Ms would be better served to sponsor them.

Sue Rarick
11/06/2011 01:02 PM

First Amy we know you hate Kyle and so to expect anything but a biased one sided comment would be a close second to the great flood.
@djones…You may not be buying M&M’s but the moment M&M’s get rid of Kyle I will make sure there is a fall off in people going to their stores to counteract people like you.

Bob J.
11/06/2011 01:14 PM

As much as I enjoy watching Kyle race, his smirking interview immediately after the wreck simply served as further illustration of the sort of pathological narcissism that seems to pervade this driver’s brain. His so-called “apology letter”, apparently produced after a stern lecture from Gibbs and a day of supposed personal reflection, did little to reduce the impression that his self-entitled sense of superiority is anything that thought or increasing maturity will be able to temper. While in time he may find himself able to don the sort of socially acceptable mask that his brother Kurt has managed, it would appear that this way of thinking is such an integral aspect of his personality that despite whatever superficial efforts he appears to make, we are destined to see these sorts of actions from him again. It would seem that NASCAR, Gibbs and M+M’s are coming to the same conclusions, and as such it will be interesting to see how this otherwise-talented driver’s future plays out.

irvan fan
11/06/2011 01:59 PM

Did this apology come from him or his PR person. I think he needs to face his competitors and publicly apologize for his actions. It’s time for him to grow up and try to earn respect and not expect it.

11/06/2011 03:27 PM

i think kyle should have been parked because the 33 just got loose on the inside of him so there was no cause for what he did. edwards on the other hand retaliated in self defense when afterall brat cow-slow-ski sent carl roof first through the fence at dega at 200 mph i say thats why nascar done nothing and brat now no’s what its like being a racer in front of someone who can be as self centered as he is.

11/06/2011 05:49 PM

SueRarick….are you dillusional? Who the F do you think YOU are? You’re going to “make sure” people stop going to stores that sell M&M? PLEASE FIND ANOTHER SPORT TO GET INTERESTED IN. TRYING TO APPEAL TO IDIOTS LIKE YOU SITHE REASON NASCAR IS IN THE PLACE IT IS.

11/06/2011 09:01 PM

Since a lot of people here are going back and bringing up the incident between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski at Atlanta last year, I don’t see anyone mentioning about Brad-Boy deliberately turning Carl for having the audacity to defend his position (the lead) and nearly putting Carl into the grandstand at Talladega. After that incident, Brad wasn’t the least bit remoseful, and the media even applauded Brad for his actions, most of whom were quick to declare that Edwards got what he deserved. Had NASCAR called Keselowski’s win back (and therefore given the win to Junior), then none of this would be happening now. Further, didn’t Tony turn Kyle at the finish of the Firecracker 400 last year, sending Kyle head-on into the wall? I’m not defending Kyle, nor am I defending Edwards. I’m just saying that other drivers have pulled this crap. So where does the blame truely lie? As far as I’m concerned, it rests solely on the shoulders of NASCAR, and their phoney Boys-Have-At-It policy.

11/06/2011 09:22 PM

I have seen this coming for a long time. When Nascar and Gibbs have not given out any meaningful punishment to Busch except some fines and double secret probation what do you expect? Kyle has been wrecking drivers in all three series for years even drivers running for championships that Kyle wasn’t running for. This wreck could have very well cost Hornaday a Truck Championship. What price do you put on that not counting the prestige of winning a championship. How does Nascar and Gibbs handle that? Like I said,anybody who has been watching Nascar for several years could see what kind of person and driver Kyle was. After the incident at Darlington with Harvick I said if Nascar didn’t put a stop to Kyle then someone was going to get injured or killed and the blood would be on Nascar and Gibbs Hands for not getting Kyle under control. That incident could have very well resulted in serious injury to Hornaday and we are all just lucky it didn’t happpen. Bottom line is Nascar and Gibbs should take full responsibility for this because they let it get this far. And, Kyle should be out for the remainder of the season in all three series. Kyle should have to personally pay for all damages to Hornaday’s Truck plus let’s see how Hornaday finishes the last race. If he has a good finish and if a top ten finish Friday Night would have won him the championship then Kyle ought to pay the money difference from the championship to where Hornaday actually finishes. I know, that still won’t give the prestige of winning a championship to Hornaday but at least Kyle would have to ante up some money out of all the many millions he has. Again, Nascar and Joe Gibbs is the reason this incident happened. We all knew including Gibbs and Nascar what an idiot Kyle Busch was and it was just a matter of time before Kyle committed something like this. Nascar and Gibbs just better be glad that Hornaday wasn’t injured. It’s about as bad as it can get when Kyle maybe knocks you out of a championship that you are not even running for but if Hornaday had got injured the blood would have been on Gibbs and Nascar. Again, Sit Kyle out for the rest of the year.

Bill B
11/07/2011 07:56 AM

So you’re defending what Busch did? You are OK with that?
There is nothing worse than a BLIND loyal fan. You could still be a loyal fan and admit that Kyle crossed the line.

11/07/2011 09:43 AM

I don’t think he should be fired, but I do think he should be suspended, for the rest of the season. His arrogant ego & anger problem is going to hurt someone one day if he does not get it under control. He thinks that because of his talent, he is entitled to do whatever he feels like doing, is justified in do so & the rules don’t apply to him. A lot of the media is to blame too. People like Darrell Waltrip kissing up to Kyle, & making up excuse after excuse to cover Kyle’s antics, fueled his ego, & made him think he can do no wrong. Kyle needs that “I’m above everybody & rules do not apply to me” smirk wiped off his face for good. If he is not knocked off the pedestal he put himself on, he will keep thinking he is above the law, & may someday hurt someone bad. Kyle needs to realize he is just like everybody else on the track, & talent alone does not justify his antics.

11/07/2011 09:44 AM

To blame this on NASCAR’s “boys have at it” is ridiculous. Busch would’ve been just as likely to do this in the past. He has that hair-trigger temper and sense of entitlement.

What so many people don’t seem to want to bring up: Never mind that he took out a championship contender on a hot streak in a series he doesn’t even collect points in…

Never mind that he retaliated for a simple racing mistake…

Never mind that both trucks were easily repairable and could’ve still won the race…

And never mind that it was done under caution, at 160 mph, not 40 mph at Martinsville.

Kyle Busch did not spin Hornaday out or bump him… He hooked him, Left-Front to Right-Rear. There’s an unspoken rule among us drivers in circle track racing that you simply don’t do that, it’s obscenely dangerous not only for the victim, but the carnage that often follows to cars behind.

Kyle Busch’s goal was to TOTAL that Truck, and if Ron Hornaday was injured, oh well, plain and simple. Had the SAFER barriers not been there, he might have succeeded. I say ban him from the Truck Series for life.

11/07/2011 10:02 AM

Also for those comparing this to Edwards/Keselowski or Vickers/Kenseth, have some perspective for god’s sake.

Vickers was a weapon but he was doing it at 40 mph at Martinsville.

As for Edwards, he was retaliating for an on-track incident, not a tiny accident… He did it under green, and he intended to spin BradK out… hitting in the left-rear… The fact he went airborne was surprising to everyone, including Edwards, because that doesn’t typically happen at a non-plate track. The intent was completely different.

Kyle Eaton
11/07/2011 02:12 PM

The Boys Have At It attitude most definitely has failed. NASCAR lost control of Kyle Busch a long time ago, not just this past weekend. They are as much to blame for Friday night’s action as is Kyle, and, for that matter, Joe Gibbs. When Kyle appeared on the Cup scene I didn’t like him; I admitted that he had talent, but he was a spoiled petulant entitled driver who felt his career was owed to him. Over the years I’ve watched him mature, and was pleased to see him be more responsible. But this year he just could not keep grip on his temper and all that entitlement and the world owes me attitude kept oozing back out, and I lost a lot of the respect that I had grudgingly given Kyle. At this point, I have ZERO respect for him as a driver. All the good things he does off track, by all accounts, count for naught right now. There is an old saying about how 12 Attaboy Actions are completely wiped out by a single Oh Shit! action. Should NASCAR suspend him for the season? I won’t protest it if they do, but it does seem to be a bit harsh to punish him in Cup for a Truck incident. Suspending him from Truck racing and docking him points/money there would seem to be more in line, since it was in the Truck series that the misbehavior occured. What really bothers me is that I still do not think Kyle realizes just how far-reaching an impact his action has. He has placed his car owner in the unenvious position of losing a major sponsor. Even if JGR were to fire Kyle, it is possible that M&Ms might pull out of the JGR stable. After all, If NASCAR says they lost control of Kyle, it it for certain that Joe Gibbs likewise has lost control of him. And who wants to sponsor a car for an owner who can’t control his employee? So who will JGR get to replace M&Ms? If he can’t find one, the 18 team folds. That means the everyone from the crew chief on down to the janitor in the shop no longer has a job. This means engineers and mechanics and EVERY ONE -even the secretaries – are without a job. Without a means to support their families. THIS is just how far reaching an impact Kyle’s stupidity can have. Will it go that far? I most certainly hope not; in a country that has as bad an economy as ours, we don’t need hundreds more people out of work, especially because one single adult-in-age-only couldn’t control his childish impulses. If JGR fires Kyle, will he ever be able to put JGR back in place as a force to contend with as a race team? He has the chance with Denny, and Joey may finally be able to long last step up to the place. Michael McDowell might be able to step in and salvage something there, too. I do not envy Joe Gibbs the decisions he has to make in the next day or so. But he has to accept some of the blame for what has happened, too. He could have pulled the reins in on Kyle before things got this far. As could has NASCAR. So let’s not just blame Kyle for what happened Friday night. JGR and NASCAR are to blame as well. What I hate is the fact that a lot of innocent people within the JGR racing family could be seriously hurt by all this, and my heart goes out to them for the anguish some of them may be feeling as they contemplate their own future, all because a driver thought he was the only one who deserved to drive/win/race, because a sanctioning body wouldn’t draw the line in the sand and tell that driver to back down, and because a team owner couldn’t control his own employee.

11/07/2011 05:24 PM

Nascar has just announced a $50,000 fine and probation for Kyle for the rest of the year. These penalties are exactly why we are here talking about Kyle today. What is a $50,000 fine to a 26 year old making probably over ten million dollars a year? We all know the answer to that. And probabtion for the two remaining events. Big deal. Only two events to go. I’m sure Kyle will keep his nose clean for the next two events. Again, these slap on the backs by Nascar and Joe Gibbs is the reason this event ever happened. And, just how much is a nascar truck championship worth both in money and prestige? Why, because there is a very good chance that Hornady may have lost the championship because of Kyle’s actions. So I ask you and Nascar and Joe Gibbs, How much is a truck championship worth? A $50,000 fine to Kyle is useless along with probabtion for two events. So, let me get this straight, Kyle wrecks a championship contender possible keeping him from winning a championship, destroys his truck, could have possibly injured Hornaday or even worst resulted in his death, and could have possibly involve other truck drivers destroying their equipment and possibly causing injury to them and Nascar only fines him $50,000 and a two race probation? This is unbelievable! I know, Kyle sit out the rest of the weekend but if you think this is fair punishment for his actions not counting all the other events he has had then you don’t have a clue. Congratulations Nascar and Joe Gibbs, you have just set yourself up for another Kyle Busch moment next year and you can take it to the bank. And if I was Kevin Harvick, Busch would never win a championship. I would sacrifice my car and equipment to keep this tweerp from winning any championship. I guess Nascar was right when they said “boys have at it” because it’s very clear Nascar is not going to do anything major to send him a message. Kyle should have been banned for the reminder of the season and kept on probation for the whole year 2012. He has been given too many chances already. And remember Nascar and Joe Gibbs, the next time some driver might not be as lucky as Hornaday and it also could affect other drivers not involve in the event. What will be your excuse then for Kyle’s Actions and your lack of inactions?


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