On Saturday, Richard Childress approached Kyle Busch after the Camping World Truck Series race, put him in a head lock and punched him several times. Monday, NASCAR announced that they have fined Childress $150,000, plus putting him on NASCAR probation until the end of the year.
[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”246″][/media-credit]Now let’s think about this: if you’d done that to somebody, you could have been charged with assault and faced consequences under the law, which would most likely include jail time. Though for Childress, all he has to do is pay for a fine with money we know he has and stay out of trouble for the rest of the year. Does this sound fair? No, I don’t believe it does and that’s why I still say that despite everything involved, Childress should’ve been suspended for at least one race.
Anybody recall when Tony Stewart punched a reporter? They fined him and sent him to anger management classes.
Anybody recall when Jimmy Spencer punched Kurt Busch? They suspended him for a race.
So how is it that because Richard Childress is an owner that he gets different treatment?
Now, there are those that say that Kyle Busch did indeed have it coming after what has transpired past couple of months. At Darlington, it was Busch who destroyed both Clint Bowyer’s and Kevin Harvick’s car, though Harvick had it coming with how he was racing Busch, some would say. This past weekend at Kansas, Busch got into Joey Coulter after the completion of the Camping World Truck Series race.
As a result, Childress figured he should take matters into his own hands. Now, anybody in life who does this knows they’ll face consequences and not light ones, yet it seems that’s how NASCAR has played the card for Childress. Instead of punching him, would it not been better to talk things out peacefully so they can get this behind them and move forward?
As far as what Busch did, he got fined the right measures back at Darlington for what he did on pit road to Harvick and is serving the probation as he should. Whether the contact after the race should’ve gathered more punishment towards Busch, that would be wrong to do. NASCAR said penalties for contact back at Darlington was because of what transpired on pit road after the race, not for what happened on track. Wouldn’t they be going back on their word if they fined Busch?
Busch has crossed the line, no doubt, many times, but in this case he is the victim of someone who can’t control their anger about their drivers being involved incidents.