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Should NASCAR suspend Kyle Busch from the Sprint Cup race in Texas?

By admin | November 6, 2010



By Richard Allen

In April of 2002 NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick was suspended from a Sprint Cup Series race in Martinsville, Virginia for actions that occurred in a truck race on that same track the day before.

The punishment of Harvick stemmed from an incident involving him and Coy Gibbs. After the two had made contact several times throughout the day, Harvick spun Gibbs and was then instructed by NASCAR to park his truck.

Had Harvick simply brought his truck to the garage area and walked away he would have most likely raced the next day. But that was not what happened. He decided it would be best to show up NASCAR by wheeling his truck right up behind the NASCAR trailer and leaving it there as a demonstration of protest. As he learned, no one shows up NASCAR and gets away with it.

On Saturday after the Nationwide Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch seemed to go out of his way to express his displeasure with NASCAR in an unacceptable way.

Busch believed that Carl Edwards had jumped the final restart and gained an insurmountable advantage as a result. He also believed that Edwards should have been black flagged for his actions or at least that the restart should have been waved off. Busch has frequently complained about the ‘go’ spot on restarts.

Earlier in the year it was revealed that NASCAR had secretly taken action against at least two drivers for their public criticism of the sanctioning body. So, the precedent has been set for such actions.

However, this situation went further than just a driver criticizing NASCAR. In this case, Busch chose to use particularly profane language while being interviewed by a radio network whose broadcasts are heard nationwide as well as over the public address speakers at the facility itself. And more, Busch used the same language in the media center even after he had had a moment to cool off.

We know that NASCAR can suspend drivers for actions to have occurred in a support race the day before. We know that NASCAR will take action against drivers who are openly critical of them in a public forum. For that matter, NASCAR has taken action against those who have used offensive language in the past.

In this case, all three of the reasons for reprimand occurred at one time. So, should Busch suffer the same fate as Harvick did at Martinsville in 2002? Was what he did enough to get him sent home before the start of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Texas?

I am often a supporter of Busch because of the fact that he does bring excitement to the sport and he often gives us something to talk about. However, in this case I believe he went too far. I have small children, one of whom calls Busch his favorite driver, who I would not want to hear such language. I believe NASCAR would be justified in parking him for this race.

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16 Responses to “Should NASCAR suspend Kyle Busch from the Sprint Cup race in Texas?”

  1. Gene Says:
    November 6th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Harvick actually did more than just parking his truck at the trailer. He roared through the crowded garage area to get to the trailer, possibly endangering innocent bystanders. Then sat in his truck racing the motor outside of the trailer, for a couple minutes.

    Of course, that was before the lame ‘boys have at it’… so nothing will happen to Kyle, publicly.

  2. Ron Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Yes! I agree! Sit him down for a race! This guy is out of control!
    The BBB (Big Baby Busch) got caught sleeping at wheel. Oh I just love it when he gets beat at his own game! What a loser Joe Gibbs has on his hands!
    Busch is without a doubt the biggest baby in NASCAR. Like Todd Bodine said, Kyle thinks he owns the racetrack, and he’s the only one that’s suppose to win. Somebody needs to get this loser a pacifier and let him suck on it. I can’t understand how a good decent man like Joe Gibbs would allow such a friggin loser in his company. I guess the almighty dollar does speak loud, huh Joe?
    Pretty hypocritical to lead the opening prayer, and then your driver launch into a tirade of F bombs after the race. Rick Hendrick didn’t put up with this idiot, and Gibbs shouldn’t either!

  3. fred Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    no he should not

  4. steven Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Seems to me that Edwards certainly did jump the start yet Nascar let it slide. If the situation would have been reversed Busch probably would have gotten a restart and a warning.

  5. dave in ohio Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Kyle was very justified in his anger. I just watched the replay several times. Not only did Edwards clearly jump the restart (maybe not by the 3 lengths claimed, but you can hear the engine and see the car jump at least 1-2 lengths too soon), but did you notice the move Edwards made to push Kyle towards the wall before he jumped? Kyle was forced to check up in addition to the jumped restart. This kind of dirty racing would not be tolerated at any short track in the country, much less at the “professional level”. The restart should have been waved off and tried again. Period.

  6. JR Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hey Ron, Hendrick lets a looser race on one his teams now, so what’s your point?

  7. Ginger Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hell will freeze over before Nascar gives Kyle Bisch any penalty for anything. He has a free pass as far as Nascar is concerned. He deliberately wrecked Brad and went on the air to confirm the deed. No action was taken. None will be taken now.

  8. Curt Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Yes kyle has done several things this year that were totally un professional, wrecking brad the way he did and several other issues. Nascar needs the deal with this punk and put him in his place, this is not his world. Also Kurt needs to be delt with to for the way he put Jeff out a couple of weeks ago.

  9. Lou Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Ron Go back and look at Dale Sr , Cale , Buddy Baker , David Person interviews , they swore with the best of them when they got pissed off , your just a Kyle Basher because he runs circles around the new Petty of NASCAR , Dale Jr aka Kyle Petty , Jr couldn’t be a pimple on KB butt and that burns JR nation to no end , IF KB raced back in the 50s 60s 70 or 80s he would be known as a character , actually KB reminds me alot of the silver fox , I have been a nascar fan since 1978 and Im sure your a johnny come lately , rick Hendrick didn’t put up with him because rick knew he could make a fortune on the JR fans who buy every thing they make with JR’s face on it and Rick knew he would bring sponsorship dollars $$$$$$$$$ although jr is the biggest loser in the stable , what one cup win on a fuel milliage deal LOL ROFL JR SHOULD GO TO THE CAMPING WORLD BUT Kyle would clean his clock in that series as well

  10. mrclause Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    #9 Lou, Kyle Busch would not act as he does now back in the 60’s and 70’s. First off he would appreciate being a part of the sport back then, secondly, he would have been put in his place very quickly back then. Big Bill and Bill Jr would not have put up with his mouth. The other drivers would have soon taught him respect. He just needs his own Jimmy Spencer to get his deep attention.

  11. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Kyle Busch walks like a Dog, talks like a Dog, acts like a Dog and compared to NASCAR History, is the Dog that will never get respect. I love Toyota with all my heart, but not Kyle.

  12. tom Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 9:29 pm


    … “your just a Kyle Basher because he runs circles around the new Petty of NASCAR , Dale Jr aka Kyle Petty ” …

    Absolutely nothing to do with the article, but Kyle said from the beginning of his career that he wasn’t his father. Never pretended to have the talent, and never had a following just because of his name. He was his own man, so to speak. And his accomplishments, or lack (?) thereof, showed it.

  13. R.Gibson Says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I have been racecar fan for many years,but now draw the line for Kyle Busch. He had the opportunity to set an example many times: money,fame and NASCAR, has gotten in his way. So, let him self DESTRUCT!!

  14. Ron Says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    One thing I learned from Lou….they rode the “short bus”!!!

  15. Justin Says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    # JR Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hey Ron, Hendrick lets a looser race on one his teams now, so what’s your point?

    What is a “looser”????

  16. Spencer Says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Yeah Ron, explain to this Greg Biffle fan how in the world Dale Jr. enters this conversation about Kyle Bush.

    In other words, if your kid disrespects the teachers at school are you not going to punish him because you’re all ate up jealous of the rich kid down the street who gets all the breaks in life? Boo hoo. This is why fans call him “Kry-le”.